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Japan prepares for U.S. request to join patrols in Strait of Hormuz

2019-07-12 09:53:44       source:The Asahi Shimbun

July 11, 2019

Japanese officials are apparently scrambling to determine how to respond to a possible U.S. request to join a military coalition to secure maritime safety in the Strait of Hormuz off Iran.

Several Defense Ministry officials on July 10 said Washington has not sounded out Tokyo on the proposal made by Joseph Dunford, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, on July 9.

However, there is a high possibility that the United States will ask Japan to take part in the military coalition.

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