Editorial: Inada’s Resignation Reveals Bigger Problem: Can Japan’s Self-Defense Forces Fight?

  Defense Minister Tomomi Inada resigned on July 28 to take responsibility for an issue involving the daily operations log of the United Nations Peace Keeping Operation (PKO) in South Sudan. Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida will jointly serve as defense minister until an expected Cabinet reshuffled on August 3rd pushes through.     Inada’s resignation was […]

Japanese Peacekeepers Come Home From A Grateful South Sudan

  Around 40 soldiers from Unit 11 of the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF), who participated in the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in South Sudan, have returned home to Japan.   This brings an end to almost five years of Japan’s involvement in peace-keeping operations (PKO), beginning with the November 2011 dispatch of command division […]