Tokyo: Japan may review the country`s five
principles for participation in UN peacekeeping operations to
enable it to offer more contributions to the international
community, government officials have said.
At the first meeting of a new panel tasked with reviewing
Japan`s role in such missions, its members decided to collect
opinions and seek a consensus on the principles by March, they
Japan`s Self-Defense Forces can only be dispatched for UN
peacekeeping missions under conditions stipulated in the five
principles, including the existence of a ceasefire and
approval of the SDF deployment by the parties to a conflict.
The panel, headed by Shozo Azuma, senior vice minister of
the Cabinet Office, will also discuss Japan`s three principles
that constitute a de-facto ban on arms exports in connection
with the SDF`s participation in peace-building activities, the