Japanese defence minister in South Sudan over UN peacekeepers
About 350 Japanese peacekeepers take part in the United Nations mission in South Sudan.
Japanese Defence Minister Tomomi Inada has visited troubled South Sudan as her country considers whether to give its peacekeepers broader abilities to use force. About 350 Japanese peacekeepers take part in the United Nations mission there. Japanese media reports say the defence ministry is considering sending peacekeepers who would be able to undertake risky rescue missions in South Sudan.
After meeting with UN officials, Inada did not address that in her English-language remarks. More than 12,000 UN peacekeepers are in South Sudan, and they have been criticized repeatedly for failing protect civilians, most recently when fighting erupted in the capital in July. Tens of thousands have died since civil war began in December 2013, and fighting has continued despite a peace deal reached last year.