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    Japan troops begin arriving home from S. Sudan mission

    TOKYO - The first contingent of Ground Self-Defense Force troops withdrawing from their U.N. peacekeeping mission in South Sudan returned to Japan on Wednesday.

    A group of about 70 personnel from the 350-member unit arrived at Tokyo's Haneda airport in the morning, after leaving the conflict-torn African country on Monday.

    They are en route to a GSDF camp in Aomori city in northeastern Japan where their division is based.

    A ceremony celebrating their safe return is being planned once they arrive there.

    Japan is ending its five-year participation in the peacekeeping operation, with some South Sudanese expressing appreciation and others disappointment at the troops' departure.

    The unit in the process of withdrawing from the country has been there since around December, mainly to build roads and other infrastructure.

    All members of the unit are expected to return by the end of May. Once the withdrawal is completed, Japan will have no troops deployed in active U.N. peacekeeping missions.

    Source: http://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20170419/p2g/00m/0dm/054000c
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