Africa | The mission marks Japan’s first external deployment with expanded powers in nearly 70 years
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 11/22/16, 08:56 am
Japan has deployed a new contingent of peacekeepers to the warring South Sudan with a mandate to use force—the first of its kind in nearly seven decades.
The deployment follows July fighting in the country, during which many peacekeepers failed to respond to attacks on civilians.
The 350 Self-Defense Forces, who arrived in South Sudan on Monday, will replace a previous contingent that did not have the power to use force. The new troops will work primarily on the reconstruction of the capital, Juba.