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Japan will not join US-led Strait of Hormuz protection force

Not only has it declined to join the US effort, but Japan has also indicated it may deploy its own naval force independently. The Maritime Self-Defence Force may be sent on information-gathering missions in the areas around the Strait of Hormuz and Bab al-Mandab shipping lane

The Asian nation has close economic ties with Iran but is also a major ally of the US

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