Initially founded in 1950 as a relatively small group equipped with only light infantry weapons, the National Police Reserve (NPR) was renamed the National Safety Force two years later, with its current name of GSDF
conferred in 1954.
The chopper was on a test flight after regular checks at the GSDF
Kasuminome air field, said local report, adding the aircraft' s main rotor was bent and its tail rotor fell off after the crash landing.
The government also decided to increase the personnel and equipment, as the GSDF
will expand its area of activities in response to requests from the UN, in order to further contribute to nation-building of South Sudan, the ministry said.
The dud will be stored at the GSDF
station in Yamagata Prefecture for a while, after which its disposal will be commissioned to a private contractor, the airport office said.
said the two countries conducted the exercise without envisioning any specific island or foreign country.
Secretary General Ban Ki Moon last week in New York that Japan is eager to contribute to nation-building efforts in South Sudan and is considering whether to dispatch GSDF
engineers there in response to a request from the world body.
Altogether, six GSDF
helicopters have been assigned to the flood relief mission in Punjab, the largest Pakistani province where 8.2 million people have been affected by massive floods triggered by torrential rains that lashed Pakistan this summer.
The leisure boat with 10 GSDF
members aboard capsized due to high waves Saturday in the Sea of Okhotsk off Lake Saroma.
Defense Agency officials said the GSDF
has no experts on radiation and the chemical-proof clothing the unit carries is not capable of blocking out gamma rays and neutrons.
and the cities of Natori and Iwanuma in Miyagi Prefecture, where the airport is located, are set to establish a headquarters Wednesday afternoon for disposing of the bomb.
The fact-finding team said in a report that military tensions are unlikely to affect the GSDF