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The 18th Basic Course

 The Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Center (JPC) hosted the 18th basic course from September 9 to 13, 2019 at National Olympics Memorial Youth Center.
 The JCP invited Lt. Gen. Yasushi Kiyota, Commandant of the Joint Staff College; Lt. Col. Hiromitsu Tetsuka of the International Cooperation Office, 2nd Operations Division, Joint Staff; and Tomoko Matsuzawa, Instructor on UN peacekeeping operations as special lecturers.
 This time, we welcomed the Chief of the Joint Staff inspecting the course, and also received comments on the course and international peacekeeping operations from 4 of the foreign officers who attended the course.
 Through this course, the participants have gained knowledge especially of international peacekeeping activities.
  • Group photo


  • Tomoko Matsuzawa
    Instructor on UN Peacekeeping Operations
    “From the perspective of a humanitarian assistance/peacebuilding practitioner”

  • Lt. Col. Hiromitsu Tetsuka
    Commandant, Joint Staff College “Lecture by an experienced officer”
    “Decision-making process for troop deployment”

  • Lt. Gen. Yasushi Kiyota
    Commandant, Joint Staff College “Lecture by an experienced officer”


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  • Lectures by the JPC staff


  • Lecture1
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  • Lecture4
  • Study presentations and Q&As


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Visit of the Vietnam DPKO Deputy Director

 On August 5, 2019, Senior Colonel Nguyen Nhu Canh, Deputy director of the Vietnam Department of Peacekeeping Operations (VNDPKO) and five others, who were visiting Japan’s Ministry of Defense for the preparatory meeting for the ADMM-Plus (ASEAN Defense Minister’s Meeting-Plus) Experts’ Working Group on Peacekeeping Operations, paid a visit to the Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Center (JPC) for a curtesy call on the Center’s Director and opinion exchange.
 It was the third time that the JPC had welcomed Vietnamese officers following the September 2016 visit by a group of trainees from Vietnam’s Ministry of National Defense.
While exchanging opinions on the United Nations peacekeeping operations, Senior Colonel Nguyen expressed his hope for further deepened cooperation between the two countries in such operations.
  • Group photo

    Group photo

  • Handshake with Senior Colonel Nguyen

    Handshake with Senior Colonel Nguyen

  • Opinion exchange

    Opinion exchange

  • Gift exchange

    Gift exchange

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United Nations Peacekeeping Operations Contingent Commanders'Course 2019

 The Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Center (JPC) held the 8th United Nations Peacekeeping Operations Contingent Commanders'Course(PKOCCC) from July 8 to 26, 2019.
 This course is designed to make the participants“acquire knowledge and skills required to assume a leadership position of the contingent commander level in international peace cooperation activities.”In addition to Self-Defense Forces personnel, 11 foreign military officers from 10 countries including the first ever participants from Ethiopia, India and Jordan as well as members of Japan’s Cabinet Office and Ministry of Foreign Affairs learned the latest challenges and trends in peacekeeping operations.
 This time, we welcomed the Chief of the Joint Staff inspecting the course, and also received comments on the course and international peacekeeping operations from 4 of the foreign officers who attended the course.
 The JPC will remain committed to developing capabilities of those who would make contributions to international peacekeeping operations.
  • Group photo

    Group photo


  • Lecturers within and outside the SDF



  • Yukie OSA

    Yukie OSA, President of the Association for Aid and Relief, Japan (AAR Japan)

  • Col. Rikiya KONDO

    Col. Rikiya KONDO, Director of the JPC

  • Jean Baillaud

    Jean Baillaud (ISG* instructor)

  • Stein Ellingsen

    Stein Ellingsen (ISG instructor)

  • Vasant Mande

    Vasant Mande (ISG instructor)

  • Tomoko Matsuzawa

    Tomoko Matsuzawa (ISG instructor)

  • *ISG: Institute for Security Governance (formerly Center for Civil-Military Relations, Naval Postgraduate School)


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  • Lecture3
  • Lecture4
  • Lecture


  • Exercise1
  • Exercise2
  • Exercise (coordination meeting)


  • Presentation following group discussion1
  • Presentation following group discussion2
  • Presentation following group discussion


  • Inspection by Joint Staff Chief1
  • Inspection by Joint Staff Chief2
  • Inspection by Joint Staff Chief


  • Closing ceremony

    Closing ceremony

  • Presentation of completion cocertificates

    Presentation of completion cocertificates

  • Handshake between JPC director and participants

    Handshake between JPC director and participants

  • Gift exchage with Spanish participant

    Gift exchage with Spanish participant

  • Gift exchange with Sri Lankan participant

    Gift exchange with Sri Lankan participant

  • Gift exchange with Jordanian participant

    Gift exchange with Jordanian participant


Comments from the foreign military officers who attented the United Nations Peacekeeping Operations Contingent Commanders’ Course (PKOCCC) (Listed in alphabetical order of their country names)

※PKOCCC:Unaited Nations Peasekeeping Operations ContingentCommanders'Course


  Australia: LTC Katherine Elise Holbeck
 I was fortunate to attend the 8th Peacekeeping Operations Contingent Commanders’ Course in Japan during July 2019. I was interested in the course due to my role as Commaning Officer of the 39th Operational Support Battalion, which provides pre-deployment training to all Australian Defense Force individuals deploying to the Middle East region and on United Nations operations. I was thoroughly impressed with the high quality administration, the calibre of the staff (both at JPC and our visiting instructors), the pragmatic and detailed instruction, and the practical exercises used to amplify the lessons. I feel confident that I can use everything I have observed and learned for the improvement of my own training in Australia. A massive thank you to JPC for the opportunity to attend this excellent training activity.

  • LTC Katherine Elise Holbeck1

  • LTC Katherine Elise Holbeck2


 Germany: LTC Volker Hahn
 As head of the advisory group at the United Nations Training Center of the German Armed Forces, I have already been able to take part in several courses in several countries. The 8th Peacekeeping Contingent Commanders’ Course represents, in my these experiences, a positive pecuriality. First class UN-experienced teaching staff, a modern and impressive learning atmosphere, as well as a wonderfully hospitable country, allowed me the quick access to the course.
 Attention to detail, combined with a great deal of joy in passing knowledge, made it easier for the participants from 11 different nations to be well-prepared to face their future tasks as contingent commanders in the UN mission. Still the motto of Nelson Mandela: “It always seems impossible until it is done!”

  • LTC Volker Hahn1

  • LTC Volker Hahn2


 India: COL Rajkumar Pranjal Gohain
 I had the privilege to attend the PKOCC Course in 2019. The course afforded me an indepth insight into the role and expectations from contingent commander. The course has been extremely well structured with well researched course material, extremely competent instructors training us with good training medium which, in addition to presentations, included group discussions, excercises and role play. The vast personal experiences shared by the instructors were invaluable and an excellent value addition, and enabled better understanding. I feel the course has been an outstanding experience for me and I feel more aware and empowered as a prospective cotingent commander.

  • COL Rajkumar Pranjal Gohain1

  • COL Rajkumar Pranjal Gohain2


 Thailand: LTC Kaisin Sasunee
 I am LTC Kaisin Sasunee. I will be serving in the UNMISS as a company commander of the second rotation of the Thai Horizontal Military Engineering Company.
 It has truly been my great honor to be part in the 8th PKOCCC. I have gained lots of knowledge, from subject matter experts and classmates who shared experiences from outstanding UN missions around the world. I am sure that this valuable opportunity and experience will help prepare me for the UNMISS this coming December 2019.
 Lastly, I would like to express my gratitude to the instructors, my fellows and classmates, and members of staff who organized and participated in this wonderful event.

  • LTC Kaisin Sasunee1

  • LTC Kaisin Sasunee2

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The first Peace Operations Workshop

 On June 24, 2019, the Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Center (JPC) held the first Peace Operations Workshop with Tomoaki HONDA, research fellow at the Canon Institute for Global Studies and Ippeita NISHIDA, senior research fellow at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, invited as lecturers.
 This workshop is aimed at acquiring knowledge necessary for research on international peacekeeping operations and gathered around 20 people including from the National Institute for Defense Studies and the Joint Staff as well as the JCP personnel.
 In the workshop, Mr. Honda lectured on Australia’s involvement in peacekeeping operations, and Mr. Nishida on the Netherlands’ and Europe’s involvement, followed by Q & As and opinion exchange among the attendants.
 The JPC will reflect the takeaways from this workshop on its future education and research activities.
  • Tomoaki Honda

    Tomoaki Honda,
    Research Fellow,
    The Canon Institute for Global Studies

  • Ippeita Nishida

    Ippeita Nishida,
    Senior Research Fellow,
    The Sasakawa Peace Foundation

  • Scene from the workshop1

    Scene from the workshop

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    Scene from the workshop

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    Scene from the workshop

  • Opinion Exchange

    Opinion exchange

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Director General of Cameroon’s EIFORCES visits JPC

 On June 5, 2019, Cameroon’s Brig. Gen. André Patrice Bitote, Director General of the International School of Security Forces (EIFORCES*) and 25 other officers paid their first visit to the Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Center (JPC), which was welcomed by Rear Adm. Hiroyuki Izumi, Vice commandant of the Joint Staff College, and JPC staff.
 JPC director, Col. Rikiya Kondo gave a briefing on the JPC as well as the Joint Staff College, and Brig. Gen. Bitote briefed on the EIFORCES, then they exchanged their opinions. After that, opinion exchange with Lt. Col. Norihisa Urakami, associate professor at the National Defense Academy, was also held.
 In the opinion exchange, Brig. Gen. Bitote and Dr. Pierre Ndzengue, Cameroon’s ambassador to Japan, expressed their expectation for further deepened exchanges between the two nations in the field of international peacekeeping activities.

 *Ecole Internationale des Forces de Sécurité
  • Group photo

    Group photo

  • Briefing of the JPC

    Briefing of the JPC

  • Briefing of the EIFORCES

    Briefing of the EIFORCES

  • Opinion Exchange 1
  • Opinion Exchange 2
  • Opinion Exchange 3
  • Opinion Exchange 4
  • Opinion Exchange

  • Gift exchange 1
  • Gift exchange 2
  • Gift exchange

  • Lt. Col. Urakami 1
  • Lt. Col. Urakami 2
  • Opinion exchange with Lt. Col. Urakami, associate professor at the National Defense Academy

  • The JPC director seeing off the guests 1
  • The JPC director seeing off the guests 2
  • The JPC director seeing off the guests 3
  • The JPC director seeing off the guests 4
  • The JPC director seeing off the guests

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The 17th Basic Course

 The Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Center (JPC) hosted the 17th basic course from May 27 to 31, 2019 at National Olympics Memorial Youth Center.
 The JCP invited Lt. Col. Yasuhiro Uchida of the International Cooperation Office, 2nd Operations Division, Joint Staff and Ms. Rumiko Seya, President of the NGO Japan Center for Conflict Prevention (JCCP) as special lecturers.
 The participants in the course gained knowledge especially of international peacekeeping activities.
  • Group Photo

    Group Photo: Commandant of the Joint Staff College and JPC staff (front row) and participants in the course (the other rows)


  • Lecturers within and outside of the JSDF



  • Rumiko Seya, President of the NGO, JCCP

    Rumiko Seya, President of the NGO, JCCP:
    “As a worker on the ground in humanitarian assistance and peacebuilding efforts”

  • Lt. Col. Yasuhiro Uchida

    Lt. Col. Yasuhiro Uchida, International Cooperation Office, 2nd Operations Division, Joint Staff:
    “Decision-making process for troop deployment”

  • Lt. Col. Nobuhiro Arai

    Lt. Col. Nobuhiro Arai; Training, Evaluation, Research and Development Command, JGSDF
    “Experiences through the service as an UNMISS engineering staff officer”

  • Maj. Takuya Arai

    Maj. Takuya Arai (JPC research officer)


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  • Scenes of the lectures


  • Speech by the director of the JPC 1
  • Speech by the director of the JPC 2
  • Speech by the director of the JPC


  • Study presentation and Q&As 1
  • Study presentation and Q&As 2
  • Study presentation and Q&As 3
  • Study presentation and Q&As 4
  • Study presentation and Q&As


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Visit to the JPC by the Commandant of the German UN Training Centre

 On May 15, 2019, as part of the Japan-Germany defense exchanges program, Col. Werner Klaffus, Commandant of the German Armed Forces United Nations Training Centre (DEU UN TC) visited the Japan Peacekeeping training and research Center (JPC).
 Capt. Hidenori Takahashi from the Defense Plans and Policy Department (J-5), Joint Staff gave a briefing on Japan Self-Defense Forces and its international peacekeeping activities, while Bun-e Ebisawa, Executive Research Fellow at the JPC gave an overview of the center. Col. Klafuss then briefed on the DEU UN TC.
 After the briefings, they exchanged opinions and Col. Klaffus expressed his hope for a deepened engagement between the two nations in the field of international peacekeeping activities.
 Col. Klaffus also experienced Sado (Japanese tea-ceremony), one of the nation’s cultural activities and toured the Ichigaya Memorial Hall.
  • Group photo

  • Briefing of the Joint Staff

  • Briefing of the JPC

  • Briefing by the commandant, DEU UN TC

  • Gift exchange

  • Opinion exchange

  • Tea ceremony

  • Ichigaya memorial hall tour

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Visit of the deputy director, DMTC, Department of National Defence of Canada

 On April 23, 2019, Veronique Fortin, deputy director of the Directorate of Military Training and Cooperation (DMTC), Canadian Department of National Defence and three other officers visited the Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Center (JPC).
 Bun-e Ebisawa, Executive Research Fellow at the JPC gave an overview of the center and Maj. Daisuke Noguchi of the International Peace Cooperation Activities Training Unit (IPCATU), Ground Self-Defense Force briefed her on the unit, while Ms. Fortin gave them an overview of the DMTC.
 After the briefings, they exchanged their views and Ms. Fortin expressed hope for a deepened relationship between the two nations in the field of international peacekeeping activities.
  • Group Photo

  • Briefing of the JPC

  • Briefing of the IPCATU

  • Briefing of the DMTC, Canadian defence department

  • Exchange of views

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Participation in the AAPTC annual meeting

 From April 22 to 27, 2019, Col. Rikiya Kondo, Director of the Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Center (JPC) and a research officer at the center attended the annual meeting of the Association of Asia-Pacific Peace Operations Training Centers (AAPTC) in Bangkok, Thailand, where they exchanged views with participants from 23 nations who are engaged in international peacekeeping operations.
 The JPC will continue to make the most of such opportunities to reinforce the relationship of trust and cooperation with its partners in the Asia-Pacific region.
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  • Speech by the JPC director

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  • meeting

  • Col. Tominaga, Japan’s defense attaché to Thailand (left), Bangladesh’s Col. Shahid of the AAPTC secretariat (center right) and the JPC members.

  • Gift exchange with the director of the Thai Peace Operations Centre

  • Lt. Col. Nakai, research officer at the JPC and the participants in the meeting

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Participation in the Gender Mainstreaming Course in Malaysia

From March 18 to 22, 2019, Col. Ken Yamamoto, a senior research officer at the Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Center (JPC) attended the gender mainstreaming course at the Malaysian Peacekeeping Centre (MPC).
 This course has made Col. Yamamoto enhance his knowledge on gender-related policies and functions of the United Nations required for peacekeeping operations.
 The JPC will utilize this knowledge for its future training and research activities as well as to further improve the capabilities of its personnel.

  • Group Photo (Col. Yamamoto is on the furthest left in the 2nd row from the top.)

  • Col. Yamamoto receiving a lecture

  • The MPC staff and the gender mainstreaming course participants

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Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs of Uruguay Visited the JPC

 On 6 March 2019, Mr. Ariel Bergamino, Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs of Uruguay visited the Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Center (JPC) accompanied by four personnel. Following an office call on the Director of the JPC, they received an overview briefing on the training activities of the JPC.
 Mr. Bergamino expressed hope for further deepening bilateral relationship between the two countries in the field of international peacekeeping activities.
  • Group Photo

  • Discussion


  • Ambassador Ferrer (left), and
    Mr. Orsi, Governor of Canelones (right)

  • Mr. Mernies, Chief of undersecretary
    office (center), and Second secretary
    Ms. Bella (right)

  • Overview briefing

  • Gift Exchange

  • Gift Exchange

  • Mr. Ariel Bergamino, Undersecretary
    of Foreign Affairs of Uruguay, and
    Director of the JPC

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Participation in the overseas training including at the United Nations HQ

 From February 24 to March 1, 2019, Col. Rikiya Kondo, Director of the Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Center (JPC) along with two others, participated in the overseas training including at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, USA.
 During this training, he visited UN HQ as well as the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations University Centre for Policy Research (UNU-CPR) to exchange views on the latest information regarding the UN peace cooperation activities.
  • 1. Courtesy call on Toshiya Hoshino, Japanese ambassador to the UN

  • 2. Discussion with Lt. Col. Atsushi Tominaga of the Military Planning Service, Office of Military Affairs, Department of Peace Operations

  • 3. Discussion with Gillian Sheehan of the Peace and Security Transition Team, DPO

  • 4.Discussion with Col. Humayun Chohan, Chief of the Force Generation Service, OMA, DPKO

  • 5. Discussion with Eri Dwivedi, Child Protection Specialist of UNICEF

  • 6. Discussion with Adam Day, Head of Programmes, UNU-CPR

  • 7. United Nations Headquarters

  • 8. Ms. Honda, International Exchange Specialist, JPC (left)
    Col. Kondo, Director of the JPC (center)
    Lcdr. Suda, research officer, JPC (right)

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United Nations Staff Officers’ Course JFY 2018

 From 28 January to 20 February 2019, the Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Center (JPC) held the 7th United Nations Staff Officers’ Course (UNSOC).
 In addition to 9 JSDF personnel, one civilian from the Cabinet Office, one civilian from the MOFA and 8 foreign military officers from 8 countries including Germany participated in the course.
 In order to fulfill the growing needs of modern PKO which are becoming even more diversified and complicated in future, the JPC will continue to contribute to international peace cooperation activities by providing educational services to future contingent commanders and staff officers who work for the UN force HQ.
 ※UNSOC: United Nations Staff Officers Course
  • Group Photo


  • Lectures by Japanese and foreign lecturers



  • Dr. Yukie Osa,
    President of the Association
    for Aid and Relief (AAR), Japan

  • CDR Seiji Karaki
    (JPC Research Officer)

  • Mr. Harley Alves
    (CCMR Instructor)

  • Mr. Ivan Parker
    (CCMR Instructor)

  • Mr. Alex Lee
    (CCMR Instructor)

  • Ms. Tomoko Matsuzawa
    (CCMR Instructor)

  • ※ CCMR:Center for Civil Military Coorperation


  • Female participants

  • Class

  • Group Discussion


  • Group Presentation


  • Update Briefing


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Participation in the Regional Meeting in Hawaii

From 5 to 6 February 2019, LtCol Kei Nakai, a research officer of the Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Center (JPC) participated in the Regional PKO Capability and Capacity Building Technical Work Group Meeting held in Hawaii, and exchanged information and opinions with other participants about each country’s PKO center activities, UN priorities in the peacekeeping operations, and current and expected future contribution to PKO capacity building assistance.

  • LtCol Nakai

  • Venue

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