The Asahi Shimbun / March 04, 2013 /
Editor’s note: This is the first part of a new series that has run in the past under the title of The Prometheus Trap. This series deals with the secret missions assigned to the “shadow units” of the Ground Self-Defense Force when the Fukushima nuclear disaster was unfolding following the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011. The series will appear on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
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After the nuclear crisis broke out at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on March 11, 2011, a special “shadow unit” of the Self-Defense Forces got the call to mobilize for a secret mission.
The Ground Self-Defense Force’s Central Readiness Regiment (CRR) is one of the SDF’s special units whose operations are shrouded in secrecy and “invisible” to the public.
When the SDF participates in United Nations’ peacekeeping operations, the CRR is the first to be dispatched to the operation site. The unit makes preparations for billeting and guarding ahead of the start of peacekeeping operations. Members of the unit regularly receive vigorous physical training to be ready for contingencies.