Japan is to contribute $15.5m (£10m) to efforts to curb terrorism in the Middle East and Africa, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida has announced

February 17, 2015 11:09 am
is to contribute
$15.5m (£10m) to efforts to curb terrorism in the and
, has announced.

The move follows the killing of two Japanese hostages by the militant group Islamic State.
The money, more than double an earlier pledge, will be used in part to help improve regional border controls.
PM Shinzo Abe has also previously committed $200m in non-military aid to the fight against Islamic State (IS).

Mr Kishida had earlier pledged to give $7.5m in aid but has more than doubled the amount

National broadcaster NHK said
the $15.5m was part of a new set of counter-terrorism measures due to
be announced at a global security conference later this week in
Washington DC.
Mr Kishida said the new funding, to be distributed through
international organisations, would go towards stepped-up border controls
to prevent foreign fighters from joining extremist groups.
NHK said the measures also included ways of helping Jordan
and Turkey reduce high youth unemployment and shrink the gap between
rich and poor.
Help for refugees
In January, Mr Abe said Japan was donating $200m to provide
infrastructure and humanitarian assistance to the fight against IS,
including support for countries hosting refugees from Iraq and Syria.
He argued that the world would suffer “immeasurable” damage
if terrorism spread in the Middle East, which Japan relies on for much
of its crude oil imports.
Shortly after, IS released a video threatening to kill the
two Japanese hostages, Haruna Yukawa and Kenji Goto, if Japan did not
pay a $200m ransom.
Mr Abe vowed that Japan would not “give in to terrorism”.
The militant group later released videos and photos
purportedly showing the deaths of the hostages as well as a Jordanian
pilot, Moaz al-Kasasbeh.

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