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Piracy leads JFSDF to establish overseas base

Date Posted: 2011-07-14

For the first time since World War II, Japan’s military has an overseas base.

The Japan Maritime Self Defense Force has opened a ¥47billion facility on Djibouti-Ambouli International Airport in Djibouti that has everything from runways and hangars to a gymnasium and even Japanese-style bathing. The MSDF base, which serves as headquarters for MSDF forces providing escort duties for vessels transiting one of the world’s busiest maritime routes, is manned by 180 personnel.

The MSDF base is located in the Horn of Africa, where the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea connect. More than 20,000 vessels move through the region each year, and the Japanese forces are part of an international coalition battling pirates who’ve become very active in attacking cargo vessels.

Japan’s constitution prohibits military aggression and bans overseas military deployments, but does allow for operations in peacekeeping missions. Self Defense Forces have been actively engaged around the world since the early 1990s as part of United Nations operations, but never with its own base.

The JMSDF has been operating jointly with American forces on a U.S. military base in Djibouti. Its new base is the third international base in Djibouti, joining the U.S. and France in having facilities there.

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