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1st GSDF troops return from S. Sudan

The Yomiuri Shimbun

Ground Self-Defense Force personnel are greeted by their families in Aomori on Wednesday.

Jiji Press AOMORI (Jiji Press) — The first batch of Ground Self-Defense Force troops returned to Japan from South Sudan on Wednesday after years of participation in a U.N. peacekeeping mission in the civil war-torn African nation.

The withdrawal of the remaining Japanese troops from South Sudan is due to be completed by the end of May.

The first group was made up of about 70 personnel, part of about 350 members of the 11th troop unit dispatched to South Sudan, mostly from the GSDF’s Ninth Division in Aomori.

The 11th unit has been given new duties, including potentially coming to the rescue of U.N. officials, nongovernmental organization staff members and others involved in peacekeeping activities when they come under attack, based on the national security laws that were put into effect in March 2016.Speech

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