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Multiple Options Eyed for Japan's Contribution to Hormuz Security

Multiple Options Eyed for Japan's Contribution to Hormuz Security

   Tokyo, Aug. 10 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government is considering multiple options for dispatching Maritime Self-Defense Force troops as part of the country's contribution to ensure shipping safety in the Strait of Hormuz, informed sources said.
   The options include dispatching P-3C patrol aircraft and a destroyer that have been sent to Djibouti, northeastern Africa, under the antipiracy law, according to the sources.
   These options are aimed at distancing Japan from a U.S.-proposed maritime coalition to safeguard waters around the Strait of Hormuz in an effort to prevent its traditionally friendly ties with Iran from being harmed, the sources said.
   The possible dispatch of P-3C aircraft may be based on the law on the establishment of the Defense Ministry for surveillance and intelligence gathering or the SDF law for maritime patrol aimed at protecting the lives of Japanese citizens and their assets as well as policing sea lanes.
   One of possible P-3C dispatch destinations is the Bab el-Mandeb Strait located between Djibouti and Yemen.

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