Japan has supplied ammunition to
South Korean troops serving in a UN peacekeeping mission in
South Sudan, the Defence Ministry said on Tuesday, another step
in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's more assertive foreign policy.
It was the first time Japan's post-World War Two
Self-Defence Forces (SDF) have provided ammunition to another
country, the Defence Ministry said, and is the latest move to
ease self-imposed constraints on its military.
Responding to a UN request, SDF engineering troops in
on the same operation supplied 10,000 rounds of
ammunition to the South Koreans on Monday through the UN
mission in South Sudan
Abe returned to power a year ago for a second term pledging
a tougher stand against China
, with which Japan
is locked in a
bitter territorial dispute over East China
Sea islets, and to
's defence posture.
Relations between Tokyo
have also been strained by
a separate territorial row and disputes over Japan
history, including women - many Korean - who were forced to work
in military brothels during World War Two.