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COUNTRY SUPPORT

Activities Based on Anti-Terrorism Law

A shipboard memorial service
A shipboard memorial service

A refueling operation
A refueling operation
Since the terrorist attacks in the United States on September 11, 2001, terrorist incidents in which the involvement of Al Qaeda or related organizations is suspected have continued, such as the London bombings of July 2005 that killed 52 people.
    Japan is now in the fifth year of activities based on the Anti-Terrorism Special Measures Law, enacted in the wake of 9/11. In Afghanistan, for instance, so far Japan has provided about $1 billion in assistance to prevent that country from becoming a hotbed of terrorism again. This includes electoral and media assistance to advance the peace process, aid to improve law and order, and highway construction and repair and other forms of reconstruction assistance.
    Meanwhile, Japan has dispatched Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) ships to the Indian Ocean to refuel U.S. and other countries' naval vessels engaged in interdiction activities. By the end of May this year MSDF ships had refueled ships from 11 nations a total of 634 times, providing 440,000 kiloliters of fuel altogether-assistance that has received international acclaim. Air Self-Defense Force planes have also been airlifting supplies.

An MSDF escort ship in the Indian Ocean at sunset
An MSDF escort ship in the Indian Ocean at sunset