A departure ceremony for two senior Self-Defense Force officials was held at Japan's Cabinet Office on Tuesday. They are leaving on a multinational peacekeeping mission in the Sinai Peninsula.
This will be the first time for Japan to take part in such an operation outside the UN framework. Security legislation that was enacted in 2015 enables the country to do so.
A lieutenant colonel and a captain will leave for the Sinai Peninsula on Friday.
They will work at the headquarters of the Multinational Force and Observers, an organization that monitors the ceasefire between Egypt and Israel.
They will help facilitate communication between the two countries.
The lieutenant colonel, Naoto Kuwahara, said he has heard that the situation in the region is generally calm, but they will remain on guard.