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New Country in Middle East Dilemma: Japan

New Country in Middle East Dilemma: Japan December 30, 2019

Japan is being added to the Middle East chaos. After the tension between Washington and Tehran, the Tokyo Government decided to send the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) to the Middle East with an intelligence-gathering mission. The cabinet of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe approved a Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) mission that will see several assets, including a helicopter-carrying destroyer, two maritime patrol aircraft, and 260 personnel being despatched to the Middle East to carry out intelligence-gathering operations.
Tokyo, stating that they do not plan to join the US-led coalition to protect commercial vessels in the Middle East, but pointed out that it will send its own force to the Gulf of Oman, the northern Arabian Sea, and the Gulf of Aden for at least one year.

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