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    First batch of GSDF members return after S. Sudan peacekeeping mission

    The first batch of Ground Self-Defense Force members, who participated in U.N. peacekeeping operations in South Sudan, returned to Japan on April 19 after completing their mission.

    The 70 members have returned to the GSDF's Aomori camp, where they were greeted warmly by their families and co-workers, after arriving at Haneda Airport in Tokyo on the morning of April 19.

    The personnel are part of the 11th and last unit of GSDF members deployed to participate in peacekeeping operations in South Sudan.

    The withdrawal of the unit marks an end to the GSDF's participation in the mission that lasted for more than five years.

    The unit, comprised of some 350 GSDF members, was given fresh missions under the new security legislation, including a rush-and-rescue mission to rescue members of nongovernment organizations as well as members of foreign military forces should they come under attack.

    The personnel ended their mission without carrying out such new missions.

    The remaining members of the 11th unit are expected to come home in stages by the end of May..

    Source: http://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20170419/p2a/00m/0na/004000c
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