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Dispatch of Japan Ground Self-Defense Force to training of the UN Triangular Partnership Project
(Asia and the Surrounding regions)

October 17, 2019

1. Japan will dispatch 19 personnel from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) to the training under the UN Triangular Partnership Project which is implemented by the UN Department of Operational Support. The training which will take place from November 4th to December 13th aims to instruct engineering personnel from The People's Army of Vietnam on the operation of heavy equipment.

2. Japan has earned solid credibility for its engineering and transport units, which are indispensable for enabling smooth operations of PKOs. To support the rapid deployment of PKOs and bring about high quality operations, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed a commitment to contribute to the rapid deployment of these equipment and personnel with engineering capabilities at the 1st Leader’s Summit on Peacekeeping held at the UN Headquarters in September 2014. Following this commitment, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Defense together with other relevant Ministry have supported this project by providing financial contribution to the UN and dispatching JSDF personnel and officers to conduct training of engineering personnel from African countries since 2015.

3. Last year, the UN decided to implement this project in Asia and the surrounding regions for the first time. Japan dispatched 19 personnel from JGSDF and 1 Program Liaison and Coordination officer from Cabinet Office, Secretariat of the International Peace Cooperation to the trial project in Vietnam last year. This dispatch is subsequent to these previous support.

【Reference】Outline of the training

  • Period of training:November 4th – December 13th, 2019
  • Location of training:Vicinity surrounding Hanoi (The People's Army of Vietnam 249 Engineering Brigade Camp)
  • Instructors:19 personnel led by MAJ Otsuka Satoshi
  • Contents of the training:Instructing engineering personnel from The People's Army of Vietnam on the operation and maintenance of heavy equipment

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