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Japan to withdraw from U.N. Peacekeeping Mission

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Japan says it will withdraw from the United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan.Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says Japan will however continue its contribution to promote peace in South Sudan.

Japan’s Self-Defense Forces have been in South Sudan primarily to help build infrastructure in the war-torn country Since 2012 but last year, the government approved a plan for its troops on U.N. peacekeeping operations in South Sudan to conduct rescue missions, raising concerns among Japanese nationals.

Around 350 military engineers in the capital Juba will be back around the end of May after their five-year mission.

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