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The Completion of the 11th PKOCCC

@From July 4 to 22, 2022, the Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Center (JPC) hosted the 11th UN PKO Contingent Commanders Course (PKOCCC) in its facility in Ichigaya.
@In the first week of the course, the lectures on the laws related to the international peace cooperation activities and the lectures by invited guests were held only for Japanese students. In the second and third week, the PKOCCC was held by the US DoD ISGfs (Institute for Security Governance) experienced international instructors including retired military officers around the world for Japanese and international students.
@In the PKOCCC, the ISG instructors gave the specialized lecture on the international peace cooperation activities. The students had the small-group exercises and actively took part in the discussions sharing their experience and knowledge to deepen their knowledge of international peace cooperation activities.
@At the graduation ceremony, Commandant of the Joint Staff College, Lieutenant General TAJIRI Yusuke, made a speech to the students and encouraged them to gtake home and share the knowledge and the skill you have acquired during the course and be a core personnel in the international missions,h and the student left the JPC with newly acquired knowledge and skill to their units.
  • ISG Instructors


  • Mr. Santos Cruz
    Retired Lieutenant General, Brazilian Army

  • Mr. Stein Ellingsen
    Retired Lieutenant Colonel, Norwegian Army


  • Mr. Vasant Mande
    Retired Lieutenant Colonel, Indian Army

  • Ms. Lotte Vermeij
    Former Senior Advisor, Norwegian Armed Forces



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  • Group Discussion during Exercise



  • Presentation following Group Discussion


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The Entrance Ceremony for the 11th PKOCCC

@On July 4, 2022, the Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Center (JPC) held the entrance ceremony for the 11th UN PKO Contingent Commanders Course (PKOCCC) in its facility in Ichigaya.
@This course is designed to make the participants gacquire knowledge and skills required to assume a leadership position of the contingent commander level in international peace cooperation activities.h This annual course has resumed after 2 years of suspension due to the COVID-19.
@At the ceremony Commandant of the Joint Staff College, Lieutenant General TAJIRI Yusuke, made a speech to the students who will be dispatched to the international peace cooperation activities as a leader in the future. In his speech he encouraged the students to g have a strong determination, acquire the basic knowledge and skills, actively take part in the discussion with your classmates and instructors, share your experience and knowledge with them, and study hard in order to be a leader who can complete complex and difficult international peace cooperation missions.h
@Three-week course has started and from next week the invited experienced international instructors will educate both Japanese and international students.
  • Group photo

    Group photo (Masks were removed only during the phot shoot.)
    Front raw: Commandant of the Joint Staff College and JPC staff
    Back row: Students


  • Entrance Ceremony

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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 participantsgacquire knowledge and skills required to assume a leadership position of the contingent commander level in international peace cooperation activities.hIn 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 Japanfs 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



  • OSA Yukie

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

  • Col. KONDO Rikiya

    Col. KONDO Rikiya, Director of the JPC

  • Jean Baillaud

    Jean Baillaud (ISG* instructor)

  • Stein Ellingsen

    Stein Ellingsen (ISG instructor)

  • Vasant Mande

    Vasant Mande (ISG instructor)

  • MATSUZAWA Tomoko

    MATSUZAWA Tomoko(ISG instructor)

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


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  • 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 Commandersf Course (PKOCCC) (Listed in alphabetical order of their country names)

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@@Australia: LTC Katherine Elise Holbeck
@I was fortunate to attend the 8th Peacekeeping Operations Contingent Commandersf 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 Commandersf 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: gIt always seems impossible until it is done!h

  • 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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United Nations Peacekeeping Operations Contingent Commandersf Course 2018

@From 9 to 27 July 2018, the Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Center (JPC) conducted the 7th United Nations Peacekeeping Operations Contingent Commandersf Course (UNPKOCCC).
@The aim of this course is gto acquire knowledge and skills required to assume a leadership position of the contingent commander level in international peace cooperation activities.h
@In addition to JSDF personnel, three civilians from the MOFA and 8 foreign military officers from 7 countries, including first participation from Ghana, Qatar, and Sri Lanka learned the latest issues and trends of PKO.
@This time, Lieutenant General (Retired) Carlos Alberto dos Santos Cruz, who previously held the post of Force Commander of the United Nationsf peacekeeping force in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Haiti, gave a lecture on peacekeeping operations in the field and important attitude as a commander.
@The JPC will continue to develop human resources who can make contributions to international peace cooperation activities.
  • Group Photo


  • Lectures by Japanese and foreign lecturers



  • Dr Yuji Uesugi, Professor,
    School of International Liberal
    Studies, Waseda University

  • LTC Shingo Akeno,
    International Cooperation Office,
    2nd Operations Division, Joint Staff

  • COL Ken Yamamoto
    iJPC Research Officerj

  • CDR Takashi Kawashima
    iJPC Research Officerj

  • Mr. Santos Cruz
    iCCMR Instructorj

  • Mr. Stein Ellingsen
    iCCMR Instructorj

  • Mr. Vasant Mande
    iCCMR Instructorj

  • Ms. Tomoko Matsuzawa iCCMR Instructorj

  • CCMRFCenter for Civil Military Coorperation


  • Group Discussion


  • Group Presentation


  • Snapshot of the Participants

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United Nations Peacekeeping Operations Contingent Commandersf Course 2017

@From 3 to 21 July 2017, the Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Center (JPC) conducted the 6th United Nations Peacekeeping Operations Contingent Commandersf Course (UNPKOCCC).
@In addition to JSDF personnel, one person from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and 7 foreign military officers from 6 countries, including first participation from Spain, Mexico, Bangladesh, and Kazakhstan learned the latest issues and trends of PKO. The JPC will continue to develop human resources who can make contributions to international peace cooperation activities.
  • Group Photo

  • Opening Ceremony

  • Class

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United Nations Peacekeeping Operations Contingent Commandersf Course 2016

@The Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Center (JPC) conducted the 2016 United Nations Peacekeeping Operations Contingent Commandersf Course (PKOCCC) from 4 to 22 July, 2016. This was the fifth iteration of the course. One student, each from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Thailand and Malaysia, participated in the course and learned the recent challenges and developments in PKO, sitting shoulder to shoulder with SDF officers. The JPC will continue to actively promote effective training of PKO personnel of both foreign countries and Japan.
  • Group Photo

  • Lecture by a JPC research officer

  • Lecture by an instructor from abroad

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United Nations Peacekeeping Operations Contingent Commandersf Course 2015

@The Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Center (JPC), of the Joint Staff College (JSC), conducted the 2015@United Nations Peacekeeping Operations Contingent Commandersf Course (PKOCCC) from 29 June to 17 July, 2015. This was the fourth iteration of the course. Nine students participated, including four personnel from the Ground Self-Defense Force, two from the Maritime Self-Defense Force, two from the Air Self-Defense Force and one civilian from the Ministry of Defense.

@Japan has a policy to proactively undertake international peace cooperation activities. Our training course is just one part of the effort to develop the human resources necessary to implement that policy. Some of the graduates from the course will be dispatched overseas in the near future to participate in international peace cooperation activities. It is our sincere hope that they will demonstrate the skills learned from the training course while assisting the international peace cooperation activities.

@The JPC will continue to provide the best educational services possible to match the human resource development requirements for our international peace cooperation activities.
  • Class

  • Class

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  • Graduation Ceremony

  • The Commandant of the JSC delivering a speech at the graduation ceremony

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United Nations Peacekeeping Operations Contingent Commandersf Course 2014

The Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Center (JPC) held the gUnited Nations Peacekeeping Operations Contingent Commandersf Course (PKOCCC) 2014h in Tokyo from June 30th to July 18th, 2014. This was the first class that accepted students from other Japanese ministries and from foreign militaries. These students came from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Cabinet Office, the German Navy and Thai Army. The officers of the Japan Self Defense Force and the students from other agencies and nations, speaking in different languages and from different cultural backgrounds, engaged in very lively discussions throughout the course. The JPC will prepare future training courses which will integrate students from outside the Japan Self Defense force even better.

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United Nations Peacekeeping Operations Contingent Commandersf Course 2013

Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Center (JPC) held the gUnited Nations Peacekeeping Operations Contingent Commandersf Course (PKOCCC) 2013h in Tokyo, 1-19 July 2013. On 2 July, the second day of the course, Mr. Yasushi Akashi, former U.N. Under-Secretary-General, gave a special lecture based on his experiences at the U.N.

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