Juba, December 12, 2016 (SSNA) — The newly deployed Japanese peacekeepers have officially take up their new role Monday after the head of the outgoing Japanese force hand over power to commander of the new contingent mandated by recent Japanese law to use force.
The ceremony was conducted on Monday, making Japan part of the United Nations multi-nations peace mission in South Sudan.
The new head of Japanese force Colonel Yoshiro Tanaka says South Sudanese capital Juba is calm and that they are ready to gather necessary information to ensure their safety and take appropriate measures.
“The city of Juba looks calm, but we should gather information to ensure our safety and take appropriate measures,” Tanaka said.
Japanese peacekeepers will also involve in construction and engineering works in and around South Sudan’s capital, Juba.
Under Japan’s new security legislation, the 350 unit, which includes a 60-member rapid reaction force, is well prepared to respond to any rescue missions everywhere in South Sudan. The contingent is also allowed, under the new security-related law, to protect UN staff, aid workers, civilians, and themselves.