Japan’s Ministry of Defense is looking to send officials to seven African countries and Brazil in South America tasked with gathering security and military information, this revealed by a government source on Friday. The focus of these efforts will be to obtain pertinent security information, especially about terrorism and other defense-related issues, after a number of foreign nationals – including Japanese – were taken hostage and killed at a gas plant in Algeria early this year.
The seven African countries include Algeria, Morocco, Nigeria, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and South Africa. The ministry has already sent defense officials to Egypt and Sudan, the source added. And to further enhance information and analysis regarding these countries, the ministry will also increase the number of its manpower in European countries, particularly the ones that exert strong influence over Africa such as the United Kingdom, Germany and France.
Japan is one of Africa’s biggest donors in terms of financial aid and support to help combat terrorism and improve security. Japan’s Defense Ministry is now planning to reinforce this relationship with the region by setting up a dedicated section in the ministry by fiscal 2014, looking to strengthen human resources and enhance intelligence analysis capabilities in Africa. This move is probably a reaction to the conclusion of a government panel’s February report that the absence of defense and security-inclined officials at the Japanese Embassy in Algeria was partly to blame for Tokyo’s failure in the horrific terrorist incident. In the incident, it was seen that Japan was not able to effectively share pertinent information with a delegation in Algeria made up of defense attaches from other countries.
[ via Global Post ]
Comments Off on JDP Startup Corner: Pros & Cons of Working with a Partner in Japan