Source: Order to conceal came from senior official

The Yomiuri Shimbun A senior official of the Joint Staff presiding over U.N. peacekeeping operations gave directions to conceal the fact that the daily activity logs were held by the Ground Self-Defense Force, according to a source connected to the Defense Ministry.

According to the source, during an investigation by the ministry it was found that the logs were stored not only by the Joint Staff but also the GSDF, in the form of electronic data.

The ministry initially considered announcing the fact and explaining, “There was no intention of a cover-up.”

However, it is said that it was decided not to reveal the fact after the direction was given by the senior official.

The source said, “They judged that they couldn’t say it was found at the GSDF since they had already said it didn’t exist at the GSDF.”Speech

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