Press Conferences

Press Conference by Defense Minister Inada (08:51-08:53 A.M. November 15, 2016)

Press Conference by the Defense Minister
Time & Date:08:51-08:53 A.M. November 15, 2016
Place: Entrance of the Prime Minister's Office

(This is a provisional translation of an announcement by the Defense Minister and the Q&A session at the subsequent press conference for reference purposes only.)
The original text is in Japanese.

1. Announcements
At today's cabinet meeting, it was decided to assign the so-called task of "kaketsuke-keigo" (coming to protection of individuals related to operations in response to an urgent request) to the engineering unit to be dispatched to South Sudan. It was also decided to assign the task of joint protection of camps to the 11th unit. In consideration of the results of the activities so far conducted, the engineering unit's area of activity in South Sudan will be limited to Juba and the surrounding region under a Defense Minister's order, starting with the 11th unit. As a result, the implementation of "kaketsuke-keigo" will accordingly be limited to this area of activity. In addition, in order to enhance medical care preparedness, the 11th unit will include one more medical officer than now. The 11th unit will gradually depart for South Sudan starting on November 20. I expect that the unit will conduct activity for the sake of the peace and stability of South Sudan with pride in the experience of enduring hard training and with a creative spirit while preserving the good tradition of the SDF's international peace cooperation activities. Today, Japan Time, a report by the U.N. Secretary-General on the situation in South Sudan was published. The contents of the report's "Security situation" section are essentially no different from Japan's assessment. Although the "Observations" section, in which the Secretary-General expresses his opinions, contains different wordings, regarding the intent and meaning, we have received from the U.N. side explanations to the effect that such wordings refer to the expectation that the situation will become serious unless the Security Council takes action and that it is in regions other than Juba, the western and northern regions of the country in particular, that the security situation is deteriorating, with the situation in Juba relatively stable. In any case, the MOD will continue to watch the situation there with a sense of alertness. As for the new tasks, we are taking procedures to issue a Defense Minister's order on November 18 to the effect that the tasks will take effect on December 12 this year, when the command will be transferred to the 11th unit.

2. Questions and Answers