Japan Renews Horn of Africa Mission for Another Year

November 9, 2018 (Google Translation) – Regarding the number of pirates and other incidents occurring off the coast of Somalia and the Gulf of Aden, more than 200 cases occurred annually from 2009 to 2011, but the number of cases of piracy, etc. occurred in the international community including anti-piracy activities by SDF troops Due to continuous efforts, we are currently at a low level.

However, poverty in Somalia, the fundamental cause of creating pirates, has not yet been solved, and the situation remains unchanged in circumstances where you must deal with piracy.

In addition, the troops continue to deal with anti-piracy activities off the coast of Somalia and the Gulf of Aden, and Japan is also committed to ensuring the safety of navigation off the coast of Somalia and the Gulf of Aden, which is an extremely important maritime traffic route, Under activism based on principle it is important to continue to contribute to the peace and stability of the international community.

Based on these circumstances, we decided to prepare new piracy handling instructions and continue anti-piracy action for one year.

Because it is expected that the SDF’s countermeasures against piracy must be continued for the immediate future, the period for ordering anti-piracy behavior is set as one year from November 20, 2013 to November 19, 2019 .