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?
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 ….
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.
South Sudan civil war causing widespread famine: here.