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SAPIO: Japanese ship already using PMCs for armed protection

SAPIO: Japanese ship already using PMCs for armed protection

SAPIO reports that Japanese companies are already using PMCs to provide security to their freighters. This article from the current print edition discusses how one shipping company views the security of their vessels and personnel.

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Japanese ships to get armed guards?

Japanese ships to get armed guards?

Will armed personnel be stationed aboard Japanese ships as an anti-piracy measure? That's one option on the table as the Japanese government considers how it will respond to the widening net of Somali pirates.

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Yomiuri Provides More Details on Djibouti Base

Yomiuri Provides More Details on Djibouti Base

Foreign Ministry official: Djibouti base will make it easier for the SDF to cooperate with U.S. counterterrorism operation. Being able to swiftly deploy SDF forces to trouble spots for PKO can contribute to the security of neighboring nations.

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Homeward Bound, Japanese, Chinese Destroyers Visit Singapore

Homeward Bound, Japanese, Chinese Destroyers Visit Singapore

MSDF destroyers JS Yudachi and JS Kirisame, the seventh pair of MSDF destroyers deployed to the Horn of Africa anti-piracy mission, are coming home to Japan. The two missed the March 11th Great Tohoku Earthquake and the massive MSDF fleet sortie that followed, and are making their way back to Maizuru. The ships were in Colombo, Sri...

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Samho Jewelry: Lessons for Japan

Samho Jewelry: Lessons for Japan

As Japan Security Watch has previously reported, the MSDF’s Kirisame (DD-104) and Yudachi (DD-103) destroyers are deployed in the Gulf of Aden as part of a multinational anti-piracy effort off the coast of Somalia. Japan’s deployment has so far given protection to 1,393 vessels of various flags. South Korea is also operating in the region...

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Somalia anti-piracy refueling mission again on the table

As reported here last month, the idea has been floated of replacing the cancelled Indian Ocean refueling mission with a similar mission to refuel ships involved in the anti-piracy mission off the coast of Somalia. The idea got a boost earlier this week as it was revealed several nations explicitly requested MSDF tanker support. The...

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Japan extendeds Somali piracy mission by one year

The Self-Defense Forces anti-piracy mission to the Gulf of Aden, which normally consists of two destroyers, a fleet oiler, two P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft, and a special forces boarding party, has been extended for a period of one year. The mission was set to end July 23rd. The antipiracy law, which took effect in...

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Japan to open first postwar overseas base

In Africa, of all places. The 40-million-dollar base expected to be completed by early next year will strengthen international efforts to curb hijackings and vessel attacks by hordes of gunmen from the lawless Somalia. (Link) This article from the Japan Times describes what is being built. Apparently $40 million will pay for a tarmac for...

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