ACTIVITIES

Dispatch of Japan Relief Unit to the Philippines

Dispatch of Japan Relief Unit to the Philippines
Dispatch of Japan Relief Unit to the Philippines

At the request of the Government of the Philippines on November 12, Minister of Foreign Affairs consulted Defense Minister for MOD/SDF cooperation on International Disaster Relief. Having judged that the dispatch of the SDF units would contribute to effective relief activities, Defense Minister responded to the consultation by issuing an Operation Order and Philippine International Disaster Relief Team was organized to conduct activities on site.

On November 15, considering grave disaster situation on the ground, Defense Minister updated an Operation Order, which organized Joint Task Force for International Disaster Relief activities in the Philippines and Joint Operation Coordination Center. Joint Task Force will conduct epidemic prevention, relief activities and transport of relief supplies, in addition to existing medical assistance and personnel transport.

Changes in the International Peace Cooperation Assignment Implementation Plan for the Republic of South Sudan

At the cabinet meeting held on October 15, the following decision was made to change the International Peace Cooperation Assignment.

  • Extension of Dispatch Term
    U.N. Resolution 2109 was adopted on July 11, 2013, which renewed the mandate of the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS) for a year, until July 15, 2014. In conjunction with this change, the SDF engineer unit’s term of dispatch was extended for a year until October 31, 2014.
  • Change of Transit Location
    Following the conclusion of Japan’s International Peace Cooperation Activity in the Golan Heights, Israel and Egypt were removed from possible transit locations.
  • Changes in Unit Size, Organization and Equipment
    The number of personnel increased from 330 to 410, in accordance with the expansion of the SDF engineer unit. At the same time, the provisions pertaining to the Joint Coordination Center were removed (Approx. 350 personnel, an actual number of dispatched SDF personnel when including the Joint Coordination Center personnel into calculation, will increase to approx. 400), setting up a transitional measure to ensure operations can be continued until December 31. Moreover, the number of permitted arms and vehicles went through changes.

Cooperation and Exchanges between the SDF Engineer Unit and Mongolian Armed Forces Dispatched to the Republic of South Sudan

Commemorative Photo with Mongolian Armed Forces and SDF members
Commemorative Photo with Mongolian Armed
Forces and SDF members

The SDF engineer unit (4th Contingent) and the Mongolian Armed Forces dispatched to the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan had mutual visit to their encampments respectively and exchanged opinions on October 12 and 23 to 24.

Recently, Japan and Mongolia have been deepening their ties with one another, including the hosting of reciprocal visits by both countries’ prime ministers. The SDF and Mongolian Armed Forces are also actively enhancing their relationship through active exchanges between both personnel on the ground in peacekeeping operations in South Sudan.

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