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Japan pledges $120m to counter terrorism in Africa

The money will also be used for human resource development training of some 30,000 people.

A man stands next to the Ambassador Hotel after al-Shabaab launched a deadly attack on the top Mogadishu hotel popular with MPs, setting off a car bomb and fighting security forces inside the complex on 1 June 2016. Picture: AFP.

TOKYO Japan has pledged $120 million to strengthening counter-terrorism efforts in Africa.

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida told the United Nations Security Council yesterday that the money would be used to strengthen information and data collection on the continent, improve border controls with cutting-edge technology and improve criminal justice enforcement among other things.

The money will also be used for human resource development training of some 30,000 people between 2016 and 2018.

He did not provide more specifics on the type of training.

In December last year, Japans government said it was going to spend $113.57 million on anti-terrorism measures, in the wake of the Paris attacks and other recent incidents, as part of a 3.3 trillion yen extra stimulus budget planned for 2016 fiscal year.

The anti-terrorism steps include information gathering abroad, beefing up security around government offices, foreign embassies in Tokyo and other areas as Japan prepares to host the Group of Seven summit in May next year, according to the officials, who requested anonymity as the plan has not been finalised.

The extra spending was meant to pay for an information gathering unit focused on international terrorism that is being established this month, and for new staff being assigned to diplomatic missions in the Middle East, as well as bullet-proof cars to guard foreign embassies in Tokyo.

Additional information by Reuters

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