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United Nations Staff Officers’ Course 2020

 From January 27 to February 19, 2020, the Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Center (JPC) hosted the 8th United Nations Staff Officers Course (UNSOC), in which 9 JSDF personnel and one civilian of the Ministry of Defense as well as 7 foreign military officers from 7 countries, 2 civilian officers from the Cabinet Office and one from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs participated.
 The JPC will continue to help develop capabilities of future contingent commanders and staff officers to be deployed to peacekeeping missions in order to meet the needs of today’s diversified and complicated peace cooperation activities and contribute to Japan’s efforts in such activities.

 ※UNSOC: United Nations Staff Officers Course
  • Group Photo


  • Lecturers from in and out of JGSDF/MOD



  • Maj. KAWATA
    Research officer, JPC

  • Maj. ABO
    International Peace Cooperation Activities
    Training Unit, JGSDF

  • Lt. Col. UCHIDA
    International Cooperation Office
    2nd Operations Division, Joint Staff

  • Lt. Col. KAWAHARA
    Capacity Building Assistance Office
    International Policy Division
    Bureau of Defense Policy, MOD

  • Ms. MATSUZAWA
    Director
    Defense Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific Region
    Defense Policy Bureau, MOD

  • Ms. NATORI
    President
    Association for Aid and Relief Japan

  • Mr. Ellingsen
    Instructor, ISG*

  • Mr. Alves
    Instructor, ISG*

  • Mr. Bower
    Instructor, ISG*

  • Ms. Hirai
    Instructor, ISG*


*ISG:Institute for Security Governance


  • Lecture

  • Group discussion


  • Presentation on the group discussion

  • Exercise



A comment from a participant


Lt. Col. Klein, German Army


I had the privilege to attend the UNSOC 2020 here in Japan. I was deeply impressed with a 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. First class UN- experienced teaching staff, a modern and impressive learning atmosphere as well as very good colleagues from 8 different countries, allowed me the quick access to the course. The UNSOC 2020 has been an outstanding experience for me and I feel more aware and empowered as a prospective UN Staff Officer. A massive thank you to JPC for the opportunity to attend this excellent training activity.


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United Nations Staff Officers’ Course 2019

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

  • CDR KARAKI Seiji
    (JPC Research Officer)

  • Mr. Harley Alves
    (CCMR Instructor)

  • Mr. Ivan Parker
    (CCMR Instructor)

  • Mr. Alex Lee
    (CCMR Instructor)

  • Ms. MATSUZAWA Tomoko
    (CCMR Instructor)

  • ※ CCMR:Center for Civil Military Coorperation


  • Female participants

  • Class


  • Group Discussion



  • Group Presentation



  • Update Briefing


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United Nations Staff Officers’ Course 2018

 The Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Center (JPC) of the Joint Staff College held the 6th International Peace Cooperation Intermediate Course at the JPC in Ichigaya, Tokyo between 29 January and 21 February 2018. A total of 10 participants consisting of 8 SDF officers and 2 civilians from the Ministry of Defense took the course.
 In addition, 7 foreign military officers from 6 countries including Bangladesh as well as 4 civilians from the Cabinet Office joined them in the United Nations Staff Officers Course, which is a part of the Intermediate Course and starts from the second week.
 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.
 The JPC will stay in welcome for foreign officers’ participation in its courses.
  • Group Photo

  • Opening Ceremony

  • Group Discussion

  • Lecture by JPC Research Officer

  • Closing Ceremony

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United Nations Staff Officers’ Course JFY 2017

 The Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Center (JPC) conducted the 5th  United Nation Staff Officers’ Course (UNSOC) at Ichigaya office in Tokyo from 30 January to 22 February 2017. The course is designed in compliance with UN standards utilizing the STM (Specialized Training Materials), and open to foreign military officers as well. This time, 10 military officers from 7 countries including the U.S. joined us. That was the largest number of foreign participants ever.
 The JPC will stay in welcome for foreign officers’ participation in its courses.

  • Group Photo

  • Opening Ceremony

  • Class

  • Lecture by Senior Research Officer

  • Closing Ceremony

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United Nations Staff Officers’ Course 2016

 The Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Center (JPC), of the Joint Staff College (JSC), conducted the “United Nations Staff Officers’ Course 2016” in Tokyo from 1 to 24 February 2016.

 This was the fourth iteration of the course, which consists of two programs; one is open to SDF service members, and the other, based on UN standardized materials, is open to both SDF and non-SDF personnel. This year’s course included 5 GSDF personnel, 2 MSDF personnel, 2 ASDF personnel, 1 MOD civil servant, 1 member of the cabinet office, 2 Australian military officers and 1 Malaysian military officer. Mr. Nakatani, the Minister of Defense, observed some of the discussions during the course.

 In accordance with Japan’s policy that we will proactively engage in training peacebuilding experts and PKO personnel in various countries, the JPC will do our utmost to contribute towards international peace by providing quality educational services to help develop commanders and staff officers new to PKO missions, permitting them to meet the demands of increasingly diversified and complicated international peace cooperation activities.

  • Group Photo

  • Opening Ceremony

  • Lecture by a research officer of JPC

  • Lecture by Dr. Uesugi, Professor, School of International Liberal Studies, Waseda University

  • Lecture by an instructor from abroad

  • Minister of Defense encouraged students

  • Minister of Defense exchanged courtesies with instructors

  • Exercise

  • Graduation Ceremony

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United Nations Staff Officers’ Course 2015

 The Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Center (JPC), of the Joint Staff College (JSC), conducted the “United Nations Staff Officers’ Course 2015” from 19 January to 10 February, 2015.
 This was the third iteration of this JPC course, whose purpose is to provide the knowledge and skills necessary for staff officers to support peacekeeping operations (PKO.) The course consists of two programs; the first is open to SDF service members, and the latter, based on U.N. standardized materials, was opened to personnel from within and outside of the SDF.
 This year’s course included 12 SDF personnel, 1 person from the Cabinet Office, and 8 military officers from other countries, including Australia, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, Thailand, Vietnam and the United Kingdom. Throughout the course, students learned the operational principles and procedures of U.N. PKO missions and gained the critical skills staff officers involved with PKO missions need, all while promoting friendly ties and increasing the mutual understanding among them.

 In light of the increased necessity for integrated U.N. missions, there is a need to provide pre-deployment education to military personnel, police officers, and civilians at the same time in the same classroom. Since they will conduct international cooperation activities on site together, this joint training method will ensure they are able to cooperate closely with each other out in the field. The JPC will continue to do its utmost to provide better education, both at home and abroad, for personnel who will be proactively engaged in various peacekeeping activities.
 This includes education for U.N. peacekeeping operations in order to assist maintaining international peace and security.

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United Nations Staff Officers’ Course 2014

 The Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Center (JPC), of the Joint Staff College (JSC), conducted the “United Nations Staff Officers’ Course 2014” in Tokyo from 3 to 26 February 2014.

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United Nations Staff Officers’ Course 2013

 The Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Center (JPC), of the Joint Staff College (JSC), conducted the “United Nations Staff Officers’ Course 2013” in Tokyo from 25 February to 19 March 2013.

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