Arab News Japan
TOKYO: The Defense Ministry in Tokyo said it had appropriated 1 billion yen (about $8,7 million) to strengthen the infrastructure of the Japanese Self Defense Forces’ base in Djibouti.
The renovation includes maintenance of aircrafts, equipment warehouses, and sewage purification facilities.
Moreover, the ministry will spend about 2.4 billion yen (about $21 million) on extending anti-piracy activity; the Defense Ministry officials told Arab News Japan.
They said there is an urgent need to accelerate the implementation of various defense projects to strengthen Japan’s vital defense capabilities significantly as the security environment around Japan becomes tense.
Projects scheduled for fiscal 2022 will be moved up and implemented for fiscal 2021. The supplementary budget for FY2021 and the initial budget for FY2022 will be designated as the “acceleration package for strengthening defense capabilities.”
The ministry will prioritize the strengthening of missile defense capabilities and defense systems in Japan’s southwest islands.
The defense budget is set at 773.8 billion yen (about $6,7 million) the highest ever, according to the ministry.
Japan’s SDF base was established as a facility adjoining Djibouti-Ambouli International Airport, and contains an administrative section, barracks, hangars for patrol aircraft and other sections.
Over a hundred personnel dispatched to the base from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force and the Japan Marine Self-Defense Force (MSDF) to assist in anti-piracy activities including operating patrol aircrafts.