The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has decided to include 39.1 billion yen in its budget request for fiscal 2017 for expenditures related to safety measures for Japanese nationals overseas and counterterrorism. This represent is an increase of 23.4 billion yen from its initial fiscal 2016 budget request.
In light of the terrorist attack in Bangladesh in July, the ministry plans to increase the number of bulletproof vests and vehicles as well as other items to be used as security measures for people engaged in the government’s official development assistance (ODA) projects in developing countries. The government will also expand the number of crisis management training sessions, and provide developing countries with equipment and materials necessary for anti-terrorism measures using ODA funding. The ministry has also included in its budgetary request expenses for the development of passports with advanced anti-counterfeiting technology.