Tokyo (dpa) – Because of restrictions on the role of its military overseas, Japan has been involved only in non-combat operations abroad in the past decades.
But the country has made significant contributions to international operations in other ways.
For instance, the Japanese Navy refuelled allies’ warships involved in attacking terrorist targets after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States.
In 2004, then-premier Junichiro Koizumi dispatched hundreds of non-combat troops to Iraq to help rebuild the war-torn country. It was the first time Japan had sent troops to a combat zone since the end of World War II.
Japan is the second-largest contributor to UN budgets, including for peacekeeping operations, providing 12.5 per cent of the income the organization receives from member states.
It currently provides a total of 272 troops to the UN’s international peacekeeping operations, and has contributed forces and police to UN peace building missions in the following locations:
– Golan Heights, since 1996 – Sudan, since 2008 – Mozambique, 1993-1995 – Nepal 2007-2011 – Cambodia 1992-1993 – Haiti, since 2010 – East Timor, intermittently since 1999
Japan has also contributed humanitarian relief to UN missions in the following locations:
– Rwanda, 1994 – Iraq, 2003 – Afghanistan, 2001.