April 6, 2007:
Japan has established a rapid
reaction force, to deal with everything from terrorists, domestic disturbances
and peacekeeping overseas. The 3,200 man force contains several hundred troops
trained to respond quickly to crises situations. The "Rapid Division" also has
its own helicopters, and a unit that will train Japanese peacekeepers before
the head overseas. The peacekeepers need to know how to avoid getting involved
with violent situations that might embarrass the Japanese government.