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Japan has agreed to lease 3 hectares (7.4 acres) of empty land in the strategically important African country of Djibouti for use by Self-Defense Forces troops conducting antipiracy missions in the Gulf of Aden off Somalia, Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera has said.

The lease is designed to expand the SDF’s 12-hectare (30-acre) operational base in Djibouti, which currently houses hangars, barracks and other facilities.

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