Daniel Halliday
Feb 28 · Last update 4 mo. ago.

Should Japan’s SDF really be deployed in the Sinai Peninsula?

The Japanese government plans to deploy Japan’s Special Defence Force (SDF) troops internationally, this will be the first deployment of the SDF outside of the United Nation's peacekeeping forces. The plan entails sending troops to join the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO), a peacekeeping group in the Sinai peninsula set up to oversee demilitarisation in Sinai as agreed in the 1978 Camp David Accords and signed a year later in the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty. The SDF troops will be dispatched alongside US and British forces already in the region. But considering Japan’s past, and the country's commitment to pacifism, should SDF forces be sent to the Sinai Peninsula?
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No, any deployment internationally should be as UN PKOs
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Insignificant – It’s only two officers
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No, a pacifist u-turn to uphold negative foreign policy
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Yes – It will demonstrate Japan’s commitment to international peacekeeping
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No, any deployment internationally should be as UN PKOs

Any international deployment of peacekeeping troops by Japan should continue to be carried out through the mechanisms of the United Nations peacekeeping forces. Taking into consideration that “the last GSDF overseas mission was to South Sudan to take part in U.N. PKO activities [which] wound up in May 2017” [1] Japan should rush into another deployment in such a diplomatically complex part of the world. Instead they should continue future deployments of peacekeeping officers through the well recognised framework of the UN, otherwise this may slowly set a new precedent for Japanese Special Defence Forces becoming involved in more ethically questionable stages of combat internationally. Limiting the SDF’s actions to peacekeeping missions preserves Japan’s image as a peace loving non-aggressor without displaying bias or lenience to certain nations on the international stage.

[1] asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201809180047.html

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Insignificant – It’s only two officers

Government officials stated that they only intend to produce a visible achievement through the dispatch, making this more show than substance, it is just Japan paying lip service to international peacekeeping. As a nation Japan need to do more to pull their weight in the world security-wise, they are a big economy and the world has changed since World War Two, with nations like Japan no longer posing an imperialist threat to any other nation. As this is just part of upholding an internationally recognised peace treaty a deployment here would not show diplomatic preference to anyone, making it an overwhelming force for good. But more should be done by Japan to contribute to world security militarily.

japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/04/02/national/japan-approves-plan-send-sdf-officers-sinai-first-non-u-n-peacekeeping-mission/#.XNwAkhQzapo nationalinterest.org/blog/the-skeptics/should-the-us-continue-guarantee-the-security-wealthy-states-17720

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No, a pacifist u-turn to uphold negative foreign policy

The move to send SDF troops to the Sinai Peninsula represents a slippery slope towards involvement in interventionism, possibly occupation and a small move backwards for Japan towards its bloody imperialistic past. This move was only made possible by new security legislation passed in 2015, a controversial matter that many in Japan do not agree with. Additionally this is not even a good treaty to be defending, the Camp David accords involving “the U.S. secur[ing] the withdrawal of Egypt and its army from the Arab-Israeli conflict in order to permit Israel to commit more aggression and occupation against a variety of Arab territories without worrying about retribution from the Egyptian army” [1]. This will demonstrate internationally Japan’s siding with Israel, a nation with a particularly toxic human rights record.

consortiumnews.com/2019/02/25/the-angry-arab-camp-david-and-the-ongoing-crisis-of-palestine

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Yes – It will demonstrate Japan’s commitment to international peacekeeping

This move by the Japanese government will prove a positive push towards peace in the Middle East, and will demonstrate Japan’s commitment to diplomacy on the world stage. Although this is a step outside the normal peacekeeping operations of the UN, is it still a peacekeeping mission not a full deployment to a war-zone. Furthermore Egypt and Israel have been increasingly collaborative in recent years, and have even cooperated against ISIS insurgents, with Israel actually allowing Egyptian military operations in areas that the Egypt-Israel Peace treaty forbids in order to tackle ISIS. aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2016/11/egypt-israel-relations-highest-level-history-161107083926863.html

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