Outline of the Central Readiness Force(CRF)
What is the CRF?
The CRF was organized on March 2007 in response to diversified missions of JSDF. It consists of Headquarters, the 1st Airborne Brigade, the 1st Helicopter Brigade, the Central Readiness Regiment, the Special Operations Group, the Central NBC Counter Unit, NBC Counter Measure-Medical Unit, and International Peace-Keeping Corporation Activities’ Training Unit.
CRF’s Role in Domestic Affairs
In the event of guerilla or special force’s attack, CRF is supposed to dispatch its subordinate units. CRF has employed both Expeditionary Operational Units (the 1st Airborne Brigade, the 1st Helicopter Brigade etc.) and Specialized Functional Unit (the Special Operations Group etc.).
CRF’s Overseas Missions
CRF has been in charge of training personnel who are supposed to join international activities. What is more, it sends the initial detachment to direct the follow-on unit, and expedite their activities there. CRF conducts PeaceKeeping Missions, the International Emergency Rescue/Disaster Relief, other Humanitarian Assistance Activities, and Transportation of Japanese Nationals Overseas.
What is the CRF?
Based on the basic defense program, CRF was organized in the Camp Asaka on 28 March, 2007, to respond quickly to various situations such as international peacekeeping activities, domestic affairs.
International Peacekeeping Activities, etc.
As for international activities, CRF has been in charge of training personnel who are supposed to be dispatched off At the same time, it sends off initial detachment to facilitate the follow-on units’ deployment.
CRF conducts activities based on the Act on Cooperation for United Nations Peacekeeping Operations and other Operations.
Our activities are based on 5 Principle Fundamentals
1 Agreement on a cease-fire shall have been reached among the parties to armed conflicts.
2 Consent for the undertaking of UN Peacekeeping Operations as well as Japan’s participation in such
operations shall have been obtained from the host countries as well as the parties to armed conflicts.
3 The operations shall strictly maintain impartiality, not favoring any of the parties to armed conflicts.
4 Should any of the requirements in the above-mentioned principles cease to be satisfied, the Government
of Japan may withdraw Self-Defense Force (SDF) contingent.
5 The use of weapons shall be limited to the minimum necessary to protect the lives of personnel, etc.
reoccurrence of conflicts after reaching peace-agreement, CRF participates in United Nations Peace-Keeping
CRF participates in United Nations Peace-Keeping Operations such as observation of cessation of hostilities,
humanitarian support for restoration after conflicts. Dispatched troops are under the control of CRF.
In addition, as for the case that individuals are dispatched, they are supposed to belong to the Cabinet
Office secretariat international cooperation Headquarters as well as CRF.
International Disaster Relief Operation
Based on the Act concerning the Dispatch of Japan Disaster Relief Team, CRF is supposed to conduct its activities. Allowing for the requirements from countries suffering from disasters, CRF conducts the relief operations making the most of its various capabilities. GSDF maintains the posture to make each Army take the charge of its turn every 6 month in order to conduct relief operations self-sufficiently including medical support, transportation, water supply, etc. The staff members of CRF Headquarters are designated to be initially dispatched as research team, and direct the dispatched relief operation troops, based on given orders.
Humanitarian Restoration Support / Assistance Activities
CRF conducts its activities such as Iraqi Humanitarian Restoration Support Activity, based on the special measures laws.
Transportation of Japanese Nationals Overseas
In the situation of overseas some disasters, conflicts, and so on, CRF is supposed to transport Japanese nationals overseas to evacuate to the safe area.
CRF is supposed to transport Japan’s nationals overseas who are involved and about to be involved emergency by Japanese Air Force one/two and other ASDF transports, MSDF vessels, and MSDF carrier-based helicopters in responding to the request of the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
GSDF maintains stand-by posture for TJNO with CRF HQ personnel as the initial response team, helicopters of the 1st Helicopter Brigade, and designated regional Army.
CRF’s Role in Domestic Missions
Domestically, the CRF provides its subordinate units such as 1st Airborne Brigade, 1st Helicopter Brigade, Central Readiness Regiment, Central NBC Counter Unit, etc. to the regional Army which is responding to disasters and other emergencies.