Japan Carefully Mulling Possible SDF Dispatch to Hormuz

Politics

Tokyo, July 14 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government is carefully examining the possibility of dispatching Self-Defense Forces troops to the Strait of Hormuz after the United States recently proposed putting together a military coalition to safeguard strategic waters off Iran and Yemen.

The government is expected to take action on the matter after the July 21 election for the House of Councillors, the upper chamber of parliament, informed sources said.

Japan is facing a tough decision as a strong public backlash may be provoked depending on the option it takes, the sources said.

"Japan will continue diplomatic efforts to ease tensions in the Middle East and stabilize the regional situation through cooperation with the United States and other countries concerned," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a press conference on Friday.

Suga stopped short of denying that Japan has been approached by the United States on the proposed military coalition. Japan has been engaging in various exchanges with the United States, he said, while declining to give details.

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