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US$2 million plus boost for mine action in Ethiopia

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Sizeable donations from Denmark and Japan will enable the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) to continue humanitarian mine action activities and operations in...

Stronger military ties forged between Japan and Kenya

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Military ties between Kenya and Japan have been strengthened with an inaugural military-to-military dialogue at Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) Nairobi headquarters. The dialogue on Tuesday...

Japanese donation boosts Somali demining effort

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Demining projects in conflict ravaged Somalia received a million dollar lift from the Japanese government this month (May). The support will, the United Nations Mine...

Japanese donation boosts IED removal efforts in Sudan

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Humanitarian mine action in Sudan is seen by the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) as one part of peacebuilding in troubled Sudan with...

ISS: Could Japan give new direction to West African security approaches?

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As external partners struggle to find appropriate responses to the many challenges facing West Africa, Japan’s approach to peace and security may be an...

Priority rating for SADC Mozambique humanitarian response centre

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The deployment of soldiers and equipment in Mozambique is a reality in the Southern African regional bloc’s commitment to peace in the east African...

Japan contributes to explosive hazard management in Somalia

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Explosive hazards continue to impact on peace and state building efforts in Somalia with extremist groups using improvised explosive devices (IEDs) as a preferred...

Japan defence ministry investigating potential hack of next-gen missile details: Asahi

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Japan’s defence ministry is investigating a possible leak of details of a new state-of-the-art missile in a large-scale cyber attack on Mitsubishi Electric Corp,...

Japanese warship to patrol Gulf of Oman

A Japanese destroyer is en route to the Gulf of Oman amid simmering Middle East tension to guard sea lanes supplying nearly all the...

Japanese sailors to guard ships in the Middle East

Japan is working on a plan to send 270 seamen to the Middle East to guard ships supplying Japan under a law allowing military...

Japan donates patrol boats to Kenya

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Japan has donated 17 patrol boats to Kenya to help the East African country improve maritime security. The boats were handed over to the Maritime...

Africa progressing on development – Guterres

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African nations have made “significant progress” in developmental efforts over the last few years, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said this week at the Seventh...

Japanese Ground Self-Defence Force team to train Ugandan military engineers

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22 members of the Japan Ground Self-Defence Force (JGSDF) Trainers Team will soon be deployed to Uganda.   According to the JGSDF Facebook page, the team...

Japan, US discuss ways to enhance partnership in Horn of Africa

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Japanese and U.S. leadership met in Djibouti to discuss ways to build relationships across the Combined Joint Operations Area. The Japan Ground Self-Defense...

Drones offer high-tech help to Japan’s aging farmers

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The next generation farmhand in Japan's aging rural heartland may be a drone. For several months, developers and farmers in northeast Japan have...

Japan activates first marines since WW2 to bolster defences against China

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Japan on Saturday activated its first marine unit since World War Two trained to counter invaders occupying Japanese islands along the edge...

Japan’s new advanced fighter may be based on existing foreign design

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Japan is seeking proposals for a new advanced jet fighter based on an existing Western aircraft and wants American and British cooperation...

Japan issues false alarm over missile launch, days after Hawaii alert...

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Japanese public broadcaster NHK issued a false alarm on Tuesday saying North Korea appeared to have launched a missile and urging people...

The Expansion of the Japan Self-Defense Force Base in Djibouti

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Last year, Japanese officials revealed that the Japanese Government would lease additional land to expand the Japan Self-Defense Force Base in Djibouti....

Japan to show off new heavy lift military plane in search...

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Japan's air force said on Friday it will send its new C-2 long-range heavy lift military cargo plane overseas for the first...

Multilateral non-combatant evacuation exercise held in Djibouti

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Initiated by the Japanese military, the US Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) supported the first joint-nation noncombatant evacuation operation (NEO)...

North Korea’s ‘reckless’ missile launch over Japan sharply escalates tension

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North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan's northern Hokkaido island into the sea early on Tuesday, prompting warnings to residents to...

Senegalese military takes delivery of Japanese field hospital, ambulances

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The Japanese embassy in Senegal has donated a 30-bed mobile field hospital and two ambulances to help the Senegal Armed Forces (SAF)...

Last Japanese troops leave UN mission in South Sudan

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The last Japanese troops withdrew from a U.N. peacekeeping mission in South Sudan on Thursday, marking the end of a controversial push...

Japan jet may not make money, but aims to revive dormant...

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The Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) has been delayed five times and faces rising costs, yet its future as the vanguard of Japanese-built...

Japan withdrawal from UN South Sudan mission starts

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apan on Monday started withdrawing its troops from the UN mission in war battered South Sudan, according to an official, a move...

Japan to withdraw from South Sudan peacekeeping mission

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Japan's Self Defence Force will withdraw from the United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan when its troops there return home around...

Japanese troops land in South Sudan, fears of first foreign fighting...

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A contingent of Japanese troops landed in South Sudan on Monday, an official said - a mission that critics say could see...

Japan approves rescue missions for troops in South Sudan

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Japan on Tuesday approved a plan for its troops in South Sudan on U.N. peacekeeping operations to conduct rescue missions, amid critics'...

India to buy rescue aircraft from Japan for $1.5-$1.6 billion

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India's Defence Ministry will agree on Monday to purchase 12 US-2 amphibious rescue aircraft from Japanese manufacturer ShinMaywa Industries worth $1.5 billion-$1.6...

Japan to expand Djibouti military base to counter Chinese influence

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Japan will lease additional land next year to expand a military base in Djibouti, eastern Africa, as a counterweight to what it...

Japan to boost South China Sea role with training patrols with...

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Japan will step up its activity in the contested South China Sea through joint training patrols with the United States and bilateral...

Japanese PM pledges $30 billion to Africa over next three years

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Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told African leaders on Saturday his country will commit $30 billion in public and private support for...

Japan eyes fighter drone, seeks record defence budget amid China assertiveness

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Japan aims to develop a prototype drone fighter jet in two decades with private sector help in a technology strategy that focuses...

Japan sends military planes for evacuation of citizens in South Sudan

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Japan on Monday ordered three C-130 military transport planes to an air base in east Africa to prepare to evacuate Japanese trapped...

Japan plans July fighter jet tender seen worth $40 billion as...

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Japan will launch a tender for fighter jets as soon as mid-July, the Ministry of Defence said, in a deal seen worth...

Japan conducts first flight of X-2 stealth demonstrator

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On April 22 Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) successfully completed the maiden flight of the X-2 demonstrator stealth jet, becoming the fourth nation...

Japan, mulling new fighter jets, opens talks with defence contractors

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Japan has opened talks with Western defence contractors about building a new generation of fighter jets, sources say, in what would mark...

Djibouti receives new patrol boats

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Djibouti has received two 20 metre patrol boats from Japan, which will be used by the Djibouti Coast Guard. The two vessels...

Japan set for historic defense shift, but still not ‘normal nation’

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Japan and ally the United States can start making plans for a possible conflict with China after the expected enactment of defense...

Hiroshima marks atomic bombing, worries about steps toward war

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Bells tolled and thousands bowed their heads in prayer in Hiroshima on Thursday at ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary of the world's...

Hiroshima survivors: haunted 70 years on, determined to remember

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Hiroshi Harada remembers how his leg sank into one of the bodies blocking a narrow Hiroshima street 70 years ago, as he...

Japan to provide $15.5 million in Middle East-Africa counter-terrorism aid

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Japan will provide $15.5 million (10.1 million pounds) in aid to support counter-terrorism efforts in the Middle East and Africa, Foreign Minister...

Japan’s Abe pledges support for Mideast countries battling Islamic State

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe warned on Saturday that the world would suffer an "immeasurable loss" if terrorism spreads in the Middle...

Japan to supply arms parts to U.S., sensor technology to UK

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Japan on Thursday approved the supply of missile interceptor parts to the United States and the transfer of sensor-related technology to Britain,...

Japanese defence exports taking off

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Japan has eased its arms export restrictions in place since 1967. On April 1st, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe revealed that now Japan...

Japan takes historic step from post-war pacifism, OKs fighting for allies

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Japan took a historic step away from its post-war pacifism on Tuesday by ending a ban that has kept the military from...

Japan set for landmark easing of constitutional limits on military

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Japan is poised for a historic shift in its defence policy by ending a ban that has kept the military from fighting...

Japan relaxes arms export regime to fortify defense

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Japan eased its weapons export restrictions on Tuesday in the first major overhaul of arms transfer policy in nearly half a century,...

Japan donates $5.2 million for de-mining, explosive ordnance clearance in Libya

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The Japanese government has donated $5.2 million to the Libyan government to fund the clearance of weapons, munitions and other explosive remnants...