68th Anniversary of the Japan Self-Defense Forces
By Norio Maruyama, Ambassador of Japan to South Africa
UNMISS in 2012, PKO at South Sudan. Pictured left is Defense Attaché Colonel Furuki currently at the Embassy of Japan in South Africa
1 July 2022
Today, 1 July, marks the 68th anniversary of the establishment of the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) and the JSDF is celebrating its Memorial Day.
Over the years, through the Japan-U.S. Alliance, the JSDF has contributed to regional and domestic peace, stability, and disaster relief. For the implementation of the Japanese fundamental foreign policy of contributing to world peace and stability, the JSDF has joined the UN Peacekeeping operations as well as disaster relief teams to help countries which are affected by damages from earthquakes, tsunamis, floods and typhoons.