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MSDF sets up first overseas base in Djibouti to fight piracy


TOKYO —The Japanese government has set up its first full-scale, overseas base in Djibouti to be used by the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force as its antipiracy mission off Somalia is expected to be prolonged, defense ministry officials said Wednesday. It is the first time Japan has set up such a full-scale base outside Japan.

In the 12-hectare base located on the northern side of Djibouti’s international airport, the government built, at a cost of around 4.7 billion yen, the headquarters’ building, dormitories, P-3C patrol plane maintenance hanger and a gymnasium for MSDF members.

The MSDF had previously used a part of the U.S. military base located to the south of the airport. Since 2009, the MSDF has deployed two destroyers and two P-3C aircraft, used for surveillance activities.

Chief of Staff Adm. Masahiko Sugimoto said the new base allows the MSDF to operate efficiently. ‘‘It is not an outlying base where the SDF would be permanently stationed,’’ he added, in regard to the war-renouncing Constitution of Japan that limits the use of force abroad.

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Hi, this is Labaale your average concerned citizen of Horn of Africa, we’re really worried about the stability of this war torn region, we have the worst dictators from around the world, ironically supported by the Western Countries supposedly the advocators of democracy, transparency, good governance and human Right, If regime change is really needed this is the place to start, we have no short of rootless dictators from MELES Zenawi of Ethiopia,ISMAIL Guelleh of Djibouti,RAYAALE Kahin of self-declared Somaliland and ISAIAS Afwerk of Eritrea.

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