Japan has landed ground troops abroad for the first time since World War II.
Eight cease-fire observers arrived Sunday in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.; 600 other soldiers are to arrive through October.The troops are to help the United Nations accomplish its most ambitious peacekeeping operation ever.
As military observers, they are to help disarm and demobilize Cambodia's 170,000 troops and monitor the fragile cease-fire after more than 20 years of conflict.
The operation is aimed at stabilizing the country for elections by next May.