Japan refuses to join U.S. coalition in Middle East
Topics: JAPAN U.S. MIDDLE EAST
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has tasked his ministers to study the possibility of a deployment to the region aimed at "collecting information".
This would be totally separate from Washington’s plan to form a coalition that according to U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, “will patrol the Strait of Hormuz to keep those shipping lanes, those sea lanes open.”
Back in August the US had requested its allies to help build a "coalition" against Iran in the Persian Gulf.
As its key Asian ally, and a major regional naval power, it was keen for Tokyo to join its maritime force. ■