Public-private cooperation needed to boost Japanese HA/DR

Public-private cooperation needed to boost Japanese HA/DR

16 June 2016

Author: Takashi Kawamoto, Keio Research Institute

Humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) are on the rise as new forms of security cooperation in the Asia Pacific. The Japanese government has recognised the importance of HA/DR capacity building for a stable regional security environment through relevant legislation initiated under the former Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) government and continued by the current Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) government under its banner of ‘proactive contribution to peace’. But since the Japan Self-Defense Forces (SDF) are subject to strict constitutional and budgetary constraints, expanding Japan’s HA/DR capacities in the future will require creative funding mechanisms such as a hybrid model which utilizes private sector as well as state financing.

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