Japanese neo-colonial soldiers in South Sudan may kill people

This 2016 video from South Korea is called Japanese colonial policy and its impact on modern Korea.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

A first: Japanese peacekeeping forces may shoot again

What ‘peace’ do these ‘peacekeeping’ forces keep? The peace of the grave?

Today, 11:59

A first for the Japanese forces in a new UN mission in South Sudan.

Like the armed forces of Britain (the former colonial power in South Sudan) are in South Sudan and elsewhere in Africa officially for humanitarianism, but in practice for oil, so are the armed forces of the right-wing Shinzo Abe regime in Japan.

The peacekeepers who today arrived in Juba may use force to help civilians or other UN soldiers in an attack.

Today arrived 63 of a total of 350 soldiers. On December 12, they will take over the work of another group of Japanese, who had a much more limited mandate.

At the end of the Second World War, Japan accepted a constitution that promised that the country would be pacifist. An army is not allowed, but the country has self-defense forces.

Since the 1990s the self-defense forces have also been deployed in peacekeeping missions. Then, always the rule was applied that Japanese could fight back only when they were attacked ….

Prime Minister Abe conducted last year a change in the law allowing Japanese troops more leeway abroad. …

Many Japanese have criticized the decision. They fear that pacifism will continue to lose in the country.

Upon the departure of the peacekeeping forces therefore there was a protest by a group of peace activists.

Japanese peace activists demonstrate against neo-colonial intervention in Sudan, AFP photo

South Sudan civil war causing widespread famine: here.

YOU HAVE PROBABLY NEVER HEARD OF THE WORLD’S FASTEST GROWING REFUGEE CRISIS “More than 3 million people have been forced from their homes in the war-torn nation of South Sudan.” [HuffPost]

The catastrophe that has stricken South Sudan, plunging the country into civil war, and in turn brought about a dire refugee crisis, with millions forced to flee the brutal violence, and coinciding with a devastating famine that threatens that lives of millions, has its roots in Washington: here.

20 thoughts on “Japanese neo-colonial soldiers in South Sudan may kill people

  1. Tuesday 22nd November 2016

    posted by Morning Star in World

    JAPAN took further steps towards militarisation yesterday, sending peacekeepers to South Sudan with a mandate to use force.

    The 350 troops will replace a previous contingent of Japanese peacekeepers who served in the UN mission in South Sudan but were not authorised for armed intervention.

    The new troops will tackle engineering and construction tasks in the capital Juba.

    Japan’s post-WWII constitution forbids the deployment of combat troops overseas, reserving the armed forces for national self-defence.

    But new legislation pushed through by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government last year reinterprets that rule to allow troops to fight overseas in defence of Japan’s allies.

    Critics say that will allow Japan to ride to war on Uncle Sam’s coat-tails.

    US president-elect Donald Trump has vowed to make Asian allies pay for hosting US troops on their soil — including some 50,000 in Japan.

    He has also suggested he would support any Japanese bid to develop nuclear weapons.

    Japan pays about £1.6 billion a year, about half of the nonpersonnel costs of stationing the US troops, while South Korea pays about £690 million a year for about 28,000 US troops based there.

    But former defence minister Shigeru Ishiba seized on that yesterday to argue for boosting military capabilities in a reconfigured alliance.

    Mr Ishiba, in the running to become Japan’s next prime minister, said Tokyo contributes more financially for the basing of US troops than any other US ally, but less militarily.

    “In the future, this structure should change,” he said, raising the spectre of “threats” from China and North Korea — both in Washington’s sights — as Mr Abe did last year to justify the new law.

    Mr Ishiba said he met retired US general Michael Flynn, whom Mr Trump has selected as national security adviser, in Tokyo in October, and discussed the bilateral alliance and other issues over dinner.

    “He has a very accurate understanding of the importance of the Japan-US alliance,” Mr Ishiba said.

    “However, it doesn’t mean the Japan-US alliance should stay the way it is right now.”



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