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Japan Coast Guard to seek record budget for FY 2022

  • August 26, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 5:24 p.m.
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Tokyo, Aug. 26 (Jiji Press)–The Japan Coast Guard on Thursday decided to make a record-high budget request of 252,711 million yen for fiscal 2022 from next April.

 

The figure represents a rise of 14 pct from the fiscal 2021 initial budget.

 

The government agency plans to build four large patrol vessels as part of efforts to boost security in territorial waters off the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea.

 

In recent years, Chinese coast guard ships have repeatedly intruded into the waters off the Japanese-administrated islands, claimed by Beijing.

 

The Japan Coast Guard also plans to introduce an unmanned aerial vehicle for the first time to use it mainly for marine monitoring.

 

The agency sees the need to renew patrol vessels that have passed their regular service life. It aims to replace the helicopter-carrying patrol ship Soya, which can serve as an icebreaker, and other vessels under the fiscal 2022 budget.

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