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Japan to provide first aid gear to Philippines

Today’s Sankei led with a GOJ idea to use ODA money to provide the Philippine military first aid kits used by the SDF, saying that this would be the first time for Tokyo to tap its development assistance program to provide military support for a foreign country. Manila has been asking Tokyo for this equipment, which includes rafts and life jackets, for use in natural disaster relief operations. The gear will reportedly be extended as part of capacity-building support for the Philippine military in next fiscal year. The daily added in a separate piece that the GOJ has been active in assisting the Philippine military over the past several years in a bid to counter China’s growing military presence in the South China Sea.   

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