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Two Japanese peacekeepers die months after S. Sudan mission

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March 18, 2018 (TOKYO) – Two Japanese Self-Defense Force officers committed suicide after returning home from the United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan, the government said Friday last week.

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Japanese peacekeepers arrive at the Juba airport to participate in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in South Sudan’s capital Juba, on November 21, 2016. (Reuters/Jok Solomun Photo)

The government, Japan Times reported, disclosed this as a response to a question raised by Tomoko Abe, the House of Representatives lawmaker from the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan.

However, the Japanese government, in a written statement, said the officers’ death was not linked to their previous work in South Sudan.

In March last year, Japan decided to end its peacekeeping mission in war-torn South Sudan. The 350-member Japanese team had arrived in November 2016 and mainly focused on road construction.

Japan’s constitution, drafted after World War II, forbids the use of force in settling international disputes, but its government reinterpreted the same constitution to allow its troops to apply force in some situations.

Currently, there are more than 12,000 UN peacekeepers in South Sudan, who have often been criticized for failing to protect civilians.

South Sudan has been engulfed in a deadly conflict between troops loyal to President Salva Kiir and rebels allied to former Vice President, Riek Machar.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed and millions displaced from the country since December 2013. In August 2015, a peace deal mediated by regional leaders was signed by two rival factions but has since proved shaky, as a renewed outbreak of violence exposed cracks in the coalition government.

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  • 19 March 00:48, by dinkdong

    Why reporting it? Is it something to be proud of? Stup*d gov’t.

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    • 19 March 04:23, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

      Some UNMISS Peacekeepers have become parts of perpetration in S. Sudan. Suicide is a criminal act but it occurs due to some driving factors. It’s a clear indication of UNMISS failure in protection.

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      • 19 March 12:09, by Koryom2

        Japanese people have removed their mercenaries out of our country. The Japanese still here in our country are Just Japanese who would want to do business with our people & our people & that is all. The Japanese made their ’pacifism’ known to others when, they took their mercenaries out of our country>>>

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        • 19 March 12:18, by Koryom2

          we are going to trade with the Japanese people. Japan was the only country that was bombed by the US with their so-called *nuclear bomb* in Nagasaki & Hiroshima. The reason the Japanese people went to world two was, was because they were bullied *the US & the Europeans* COUNTRIES not to buy OIL/GAS from the former European COLONIES>>>>

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          • 19 March 12:26, by Koryom2

            here in Africa, Pacific, Americas, Middle East and other countries. And that was why the Japanese bombed the *Hawaii* the only country closer to them & have relationship with. Fellows, let the US bring their usual long noses into our country, and the evils are going to be bombed out of our country, our region & our continent once & for all>>>

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            • 19 March 12:33, by Koryom2

              Those *two Japanese* who are claimed to have came to our country & went back and die in their country. simply because they came to South Sudan. Good luck to them.

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              • 19 March 13:30, by Koryom2

                Japanese people; Libya was bombed by the mighty US, the UK, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, israel, France & other their evils in between. But after the *evils bribed* some criminals in their so-called *UNSC*.

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        • 19 March 16:26, by above king of arabs/muslims

          Khoriom2, i don’t u r right in that respect. Japanese r hardworking people. they r unlike westerners and they value dignity much more than life. S. Sudan government does not really know the people that are causing problem in S. Sudan. to me it is UK, USA n possibly France, plus Rebels and Government. n Oh people r too lazy to work their land or businesses.

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