Moving away from the US, Japan now plans to send a warship and surveillance vessel to protect its ships in the Middle East, Japan will also deploy 206 naval personnel in this mission. The deployment is likely to begin in late January 2020. The US has formed a task force in the Hormuz Strait along with 6 countries.
Japan did not join this task force, now Japan plans to send its navy to the Middle East. It is working on it. Japan did not join this task force. Iran’s move was criticized by the US. Warfare and surveillance vessel to protect the ships The Government of Japan’s cabinet issued an order stating that Japan would send a battleship and surveillance vessel to protect its ships in the Middle East.
Japan Will Monitor Middle East
A helicopter-armed warship and two P-3C airplanes will be deployed in the area to protect Japanese ships in the Gulf of Oman and the Arabian Sea near the Strait of Iran. Japan will deploy 206 naval personnel in this mission.
90% of oil imports come from the Middle East 90% of Japan’s oil imports come from the Middle East. Two oil tankers were attacked in the area in the ongoing tension between Iran and the US, one of which was also the Japanese oil tanker Kokka.
The US accused Iran of these attacks. Iran also held a British oil tanker hostage. The oil tanker released after detain for a few days. The incident increased tensions between Iran and Britain. The Japanese government has said that if an emergency arises there. Orders can give by the Ministry of Defense to use force. Japan.
Mission to Hormuz Strait This mission will deploy between the Bay of Oman. The Red Sea with the northern part of the Arabian Sea and the Bab Al Mandeb Strait connecting the Gulf of Aden. Hormuz Strait not placed in the area of work of this mission.
In fact, this month Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told his plan to Iran’s President Hassan Rohani during a two-day visit to Iran. In June 2019, Shinzo Abe also visited Iran. He met Ayatollah Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader. This was the first time in 41 years that a Japanese Prime Minister visited Iran.