Japan to Probe SDF over Sexual Assault Allegations
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Tokyo, Sept. 6 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada said Tuesday that he has ordered a special probe covering the entire Self-Defense Forces in response to sexual assault allegations.
The special defense inspection will be conducted after former Ground SDF member Rina Gonoi, 22, sought a third-party reinvestigation into alleged sexual assault committed by then colleagues last year.
"Harassment is a violation of basic human rights and must not happen," Hamada told a news conference.
This is the first time in five years for the ministry to conduct a special defense inspection, in which its Inspector General's Office of Legal Compliance investigates malpractice independently.
The last such inspection was carried out over a cover-up scandal related to daily reports of GSDF troops' activities in South Sudan, where they were dispatched to join a U.N. peacekeeping mission.
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