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Japan sends its own force to Strait of Hormuz

The deployment of the Japanese force will mark the first time a naval detachment has been sent overseas on its own on a non-UN mission. No details were given by the Japanese authorities on strength and duration of the deployment

Japan has decided to go it alone and send a JSDF force to the Strait of Hormuz. It has refused to link up with the US-led joint protection force. The US is its biggest military ally but it has trade links with Iran, particularly around oil, that it will not want to sever

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