International Peace Cooperation Activities Training Unit

The International Peace Cooperation Activities Training Unit (国際活動教育隊, kokusai katsudō kyōiku tai) is the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Forces's training unit to prepare JGSDF soldiers by training them in scenarios that would require the mobilization of JGSDF forces in other countries. It is based in the JGSDF's Camp Komakado in Shizuoka Prefecture.

International Peace Cooperation Activities Training and Education Unit
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ActiveMarch 28, 2007 - Present
Country Japan
Branch Japan Ground Self-Defense Force
TypeMilitary Training unit
RoleMilitary Direct Action & Peacekeeping education unit
Size80 soldiers
Part of
Garrison/HQCamp Komakado, Shizuoka[1]
Nickname(s)IPCATng
Commanders
Current
commander
Colonel Hiroyuki Yokoyama[4]
Notable
commanders
Colonel Masakazu Karube
Colonel Mizuho Akiba[5]

The IPCATng aims to have 240 soldiers graduate from the unit's training program annually.[6]

Colonel Karube says training with the IPCATng is an "important point is to verify whether the training now being conducted can really be useful in theaters of activity overseas and to develop unified know-how for personnel education."[7]

The unit has invited lecturers from NGOs and universities to participate in IPCATng seminars.[8]

HistoryEdit

The IPCATU was established on March 28, 2007.[6][9] A special ceremony was established on September 19, 2008 to inaugurate the beginning of the unit's first official training program.[6]

The unit had been established in conjunction with the Central Readiness Force to the need of educating JGSDF forces to properly conduct operations in foreign soil. Its first commander was Colonel Masakazu Karube, who was unit commander from March 28, 2007 to March 25, 2009.[10]

On April 4, 2018, the unit responded to an inquiry from the Diet that they do not keep any documentation related to the JGSDF's activities in South Sudan when then Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera answered questions from reporters.[11] A Diet inquiry under the Diet Security Committee on May 10, 2018 mentioned that a search was conducted in the IPCATng offices[12] in relation to accusation that Tomomi Inada covered up events in South Sudan that conditions on the grounds are getting dangerous for JGSDF soldiers to continue their peacekeeping work.[13]

As of 2019, the IPCATng has been under the command of the Ground Component Command[14] after the CRF was abolished.[15]

On April 1, 2021, the unit conducted the 2nd International Peace Cooperation Activities Seminar (IPCAS) online due to COVID-19 concerns.[16]

TrainingEdit

Training under the IPCATng lasts for one month with graduates expecting to serve overseas in potential peacekeeping operations.[6] All participants are required then to attend a review session after each training session is complete.[7] The International Peace Cooperation Activities Seminar (IPCAS) is held once a year where the JSDF participates with research organizations, NGOs and government offices in research on civil-military affairs in conflict and post-conflict.[17]

The IPCATng also provides support for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in peacebuilding development since 2008 for civilian peacebuiliding operations.[17] They also provide peacekeeping capacity building to friendly countries.[18]

FormationEdit

The IPCATng has the following structure:[19]

Commander

  • Headquarters - Command Sergeant Major
    • Education Division
    • Evaluation Division
    • Research Division
    • Education and Training Support Platoon

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Central Readiness Force. "Organization". Central Readiness Force. Archived from the original on 2013-01-24. Retrieved 2009-09-01.
  2. ^ "新編陸上自衛隊、どう変わった? 創設以来最大規模、目指したものは更なる「速さ」".
  3. ^ https://warp.da.ndl.go.jp/info:ndljp/pid/11646449/www.mod.go.jp/gsdf/gcc/3hensei/index.html
  4. ^ "教育隊長".
  5. ^ "Senior Specialist Course/Coursework Report: "Japan's Initiatives, Safety Management, etc."". Hiroshima Peacebuilders Center and Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Archived from the original on 2011-07-22. Retrieved 2010-03-13.
  6. ^ a b c d "Central Readiness Force Unit Launches Training". Japan Defense Focus, Japanese Ministry of Defense. Archived from the original on 2012-03-27. Retrieved 2009-09-01.
  7. ^ a b "Special Feature: The GSDF Central Readiness Force - This Year's Aim is "Personal Training"". Japanese Ministry of Defense. November 2009. Archived from the original on 2012-03-27. Retrieved 2010-01-27.
  8. ^ https://www.mod.go.jp/en/d_act/exc/a_t_seminar/pdf/2009/20090713-1.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  9. ^ "(解説)国際活動教育隊".
  10. ^ https://sec.mod.go.jp/gsdf/gcc/ipcat/unit_english/about/taicho_history_E.html
  11. ^ "陸自の国際活動教育隊の日報も発見".
  12. ^ https://www.shugiin.go.jp/Internet/itdb_kaigiroku.nsf/html/kaigiroku%20/001519620180510007.htm
  13. ^ "Japanese defence minister to resign over South Sudan cover-up claims". The Guardian. 27 July 2017.
  14. ^ https://www.mod.go.jp/en/publ/w_paper/wp2019/pdf/DOJ2019_3-3-5.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  15. ^ "神奈川)陸自の中央即応集団が廃止 座間駐屯地に5年:朝日新聞デジタル". 26 March 2018.
  16. ^ "自衛隊ニュース2021年4月1日(8)".
  17. ^ a b https://sec.mod.go.jp/gsdf/gcc/ipcat/unit_english/torikumi/torikumi_E.html
  18. ^ "ベトナムに対する能力構築支援".
  19. ^ "教育隊長". Archived from the original on 25 March 2017.

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