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Thursday 19 April 2018

Japan gives £10m to fight terrorism

Fumio Kishida said the money would bolster counter-terrorism work in the regions affected by Islamic State
Fumio Kishida said the money would bolster counter-terrorism work in the regions affected by Islamic State

Japan will provide £10 million in development aid to support anti-terrorism efforts in the Middle East and Africa.

The move comes after the recent beheadings of two Japanese hostages by militants from the Islamic State (IS) group.

Foreign minister Fumio Kishida said the contribution, about half of which Japan had already pledged, is intended to bolster counter-terrorism capacity in the regions affected by the group and other militants.

Earlier this year, just before the hostage crisis, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced £130 million million in non-military support for nations fighting against the IS militants who control large parts of Iraq and Syria.

Vice-foreign minister Yasuhide Nakayama will announce the aid, to be paid through international organisations, at a conference on Thursday in Washington DC, the ministry said.

Japan, which had not directly threatened by the militants until the recent killings of the two hostages, is still in shock and is reviewing its anti-terrorism measures, ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Press Association

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