The Japanese Ministry of Defence (MOD) plans to provide the Southeast Asian nations with technical assistance in disaster relief, humanitarian aid, anti-terrorism measures and other areas from the fiscal year 2011.

The Yomiuri Daily reported on Jan. 6 that the MOD would allocate about 30 million yen (360,500 USD) this year for the dispatch of the Self-Defence Forces (SDF) staff to the Southeast Asian nations to instruct military personnel in disaster relief and peacekeeping operations of the United Nations.

So far, the ministry has received requests from Cambodia, Indonesia and Vietnam for training in land mine removal, anti-terrorism measures and disaster relief, respectively.

Under the national defence programme outline which was approved in December, 2010, the SDF’s expertise would be used to promote cooperative ties with nations in the Asia-Pacific region./.