SDF troops to train for new tasks under revised security laws


Japan plans to begin training its Self-Defense Forces in carrying out new missions abroad under revised security laws which took effect this past spring, a government source said Friday.

Training to begin as soon as next Thursday will be held within Japan, and focus on preparing SDF troops for two new missions—rescuing U.N. staff and other people under attack, and jointly defending with troops from other nations the barracks of U.N. peacekeepers if they are attacked.

Defense Minister Tomomi Inada is set to make a formal announcement next Wednesday, according to the source.

The new missions have become possible as the criteria for use of arms by SDF members were eased under the new laws.

The revised laws mark a major shift in Japan’s postwar security policy by explicitly enabling the country to engage in collective self-defense and by expanding the sorts of missions the SDF can engage in abroad. They will enter an operational phase through the drills, and as concern persists the changes could erode Japan’s postwar pacifism.

The laws became effective in March, but no new training has yet been conducted as the government was apparently concerned about a potential negative impact on public opinion ahead of last month’s House of Councillors election.

The sorts of new missions envisioned by the legal revisions could be assigned to an SDF unit set to join a U.N. peacekeeping operation in South Sudan in November, the source said. Japan has participated in the U.N. operation in that African country since 2012.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government is likely to make a final decision on whether to assign the new duties to the troops after assessing the situation in South Sudan, and whether the SDF unit is suitably prepared, the source said.

The training is expected to be closed to the public, the source said.


Australia: New domestic violence guidelines include ‘social abuse’ such as silent treatment and withholding affection

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NEW domestic violence guidelines designed to help judges and magistrates recognise signs of emotional abuse, not just physical violence, include behaviour such as criticising your partner’s physical appearance and arguing about household chores.

Attorney-General George Brandis yesterday launched the National Domestic and Family Violence Bench Book, which aims to “promote best practice” in domestic and family related violence court cases.

The book details the different kinds of abuse victims can experience, including physical violence and harm, emotional and psychological abuse, as well as social, economic, cultural and spiritual abuse.

The social abuse chapter included direct quotes from domestic violence victims, describing how perpetrators behaved towards them, such as “put down my physical appearance”, “criticised the way I took care of the house”, “became upset if household chores were not done” and “tried to convince me I was crazy”.

Other quotes included “jealous or suspicious of my friends and other men”, “accused me of having an affair” and “turned my family against me”.

The book says examples of emotional and psychological abuse can include “menacing or intimidatory behaviours or gestures directed repeatedly and strategically at the victim including angry verbal outbursts, staring, silence, ignoring and withdrawal of affection.”

Domestic Violence NSW CEO Moo Baulch welcomed the guidelines and said emotional abuse often left deeper scars than physical violence.

“Many women who are survivors of domestic violence say the non-physical abuse, the manipulation of power and control and the financial abuse, are often a lot harder to recover from than the physical abuse,” Ms Baulch told

“Women will say the scars and often horrific injuries will heal, but emotionally they live with the impact often decades later.”

While in isolation, criticising a woman’s physical appearance or complaining about household chores are not examples of abuse, Ms Baulch says domestic violence occurs when these habits are present in conjunction with other negative and controlling behaviours.

“Domestic violence occurs with one partner exerting power and control over the other and that often occurs over a period of time,” she said.

“There are many abusive relationships where there is never any physical violence, but a woman may be prevented from having relationships with friends or family.

“There are many examples of men monitoring the kilometres on his partner’s car to see if she’s having relationships with people outside the house. She may be cut of financially. You don’t need a black eye for it to be abuse.”






West Central High School special education teacher arrested for rape

Barbara Ellen:

do we seriously think that a female teacher sleeping
with a male pupil is on a par with a male teacher sleeping
with a girl pupil? I don’t.


A West Central High School special education teacher has been arrested for rape.

The Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday that the warrant division arrested 29-year-old Kari Boll for three counts of rape in the 4th degree, which is a class 3 felony.

Boll is being held in the Minnehaha County Jail on $25,000 cash or surety bond.

The male victim was 15 years old at the time of the incident and West Central Student. The relationship between the student and teacher began in May 2016 and has continued until recently.

The Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office are investigating and have been in contact with the West Central School District.