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Vol 6 (AAC) No 11

Published 1st September 2013

Security climbs the agenda

Tokyo plans to increase its security presence in Africa next year and Prime Minister Abe discussed piracy and terrorism when in Djibouti in August

In response to the January 2013 attack on the In Amenas gas plant in Algeria, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to spend a chunk of Tokyo’s 2014 defence budget on launching a more robust intelligence-gathering operation across seven African countries. Ten Japanese citizens were killed during the attack and the Algerian government’s retaking of the site from elements of Al Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb. The Tokyo government will dispatch defence attachés from the Self-Defence Forces to Algeria, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria and South Africa to garner intelligence about terrorism and security risks.

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