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1st Group of Japanese Troops Returns Home from S. Sudan

1st Group of Japanese Troops Returns Home from S. Sudan

   Aomori, April 19 (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 some 350 members of the 11th troop unit dispatched to South Sudan, mostly from the GSDF's Ninth Division in the northeastern Japan city of Aomori.
   The 11th unit has been given new duties, including coming to rescue U.N. officials, nongovernmental organization staff members and others involved in peacekeeping activities when they come under attacks, based on Japan's national security laws that were put into effect in March 2016.
   Arriving at Aomori Airport in blue berets and camouflage fatigues, the Japanese troops were greeted by senior GSDF officials, who shook hands with them. They then traveled to the GSDF's Aomori base to report their safe return.

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