Dispatch of Self-Defense Force Instructors to the International Peace Support Training Centre in Kenya
August 26, 2013
1. The Government of Japan has decided to dispatch two members of the Japan Self-Defense Forces (SDF) as instructors for courses offered by the International Peace Support Training Centre (IPSTC) in Kenya.
In the "Human Rights (South Sudan) Course" from August 19 to 30, Lieutenant Colonel Norihisa URAKAMI will give lectures based on the SDF's peacekeeping operations in South Sudan, to South Sudanese civil and military officials to be engaged in conflict management, and in the "Protection of Civilians (Somalia) Course" from September 30 to October 11, Captain Hideki HAYASHI will give lectures based on the SDF's antipiracy activities off Somalia, to Somali civil and military officials to be engaged in protection of civilians.
2. Based on the recognition that peace is a prerequisite for development, Japan has been providing assistance to African peacekeeping training centres with the goals of enhancing the peacekeeping capabilities of African countries and of maintaining the stability of the region. The dispatch of these instructors is being undertaken also as part of Japan's support for the IPSTC. Additionally, in the future, Japan intends to provide meaningful assistance towards peace and security in Africa not only on the financial front, but also by drawing upon Japan's qualified human resources.