The first batch of Japanese peacekeeping troops with mandate to use force has arrived in South Sudan’s capital Juba this morning.

The troops were received at Juba International Airport by Japan’s Ambassador to Juba Kiya Masahiko together with their commander of peacekeeping force in South Sudan.

The 350 Self-Defense Forces will replace a previous contingent of Japanese peacekeepers who served in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, but did not have mandate to use force.

For the first time since the end of World War II, when Japan’s parliament enacted a law allowing its military to fight overseas.