Japan Pledges $120 Million To Aid Africa's Fight Against Terrorism
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As terrorism increases in Africa, and in the world at large, Japan has pledged to help Africa in the fight against terrorism by donating $120 million to the continent.

The foreign Minister of Japan, Mr Fumio Kishida made this statement at the United Nations Security Council yesterday.

He said that the donation will be particularly used to strengthen counter-terrorism through the upgrade of technology for border control, improvement of criminal justice enforcement, improvement of information and data collection across the continent and so on.

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He added that the money will also be used for human resource development as well as training 30,000 people between now and 2018. He, however, did not specify what kind of training will be undergone by the 30,000 people.

This isn’t the first time Japan has planned to lend a helping hand to Africa. Last year, Japan pledged $2.5 million to Zimbabwe to aid disaster risk preparation and management.

Also, through the Tokyo International Conference of African Development (TICAD which began in 1993, Japan has had an increasing influence in Africa.

Japan has been nominated for the 11th time to hold a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council. The Security Council currently has the United Kingdom, United States of America, Russia, China and France as permanent members.

This group has the power of Veto among other powers which other members of the United Nations do not bear.

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This has led to criticism and call for a reform of the UN Security Council to permit more members to be a part of the arm.

Japan, India, Germany and Brazil are the G4 members who have constantly pushed for the reform, even supporting each other. However, all hopes of the UNSC being reformed this year has been crashed, due to a postponement.

“It is unfortunate that the 70th anniversary of the United Nations was not able to build up momentum with a view to reaching an agreement on this important item of the agenda of the General Assembly,” the G4 said in a joint statement.