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Aug 9, 2019 | 16:49 GMT

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Japan: Cabinet Official Hints at Potential Naval Deployment off Yemeni Coast

What Happened: Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Forces could deploy vessels off Yemen, a senior Japanese Cabinet member has hinted following earlier reports that the country was considering an independent mission instead of joining the U.S.-led Operation Sentinel near the Strait of Hormuz, The Japan Times reported Aug. 9.

Why It Matters: Although a potential Japanese deployment to the area could serve as a compromise after the United States called on its allies to contribute to Operation Sentinel, it remains unclear whether Tokyo's proposal to send a vessel to the Yemeni coast would satisfy U.S. requests.

Background: Japan's government has been reluctant to deploy its maritime forces to the Persian Gulf despite mounting pressure from the United States. Tokyo, however, did previously agree to dispatch two escort vessels to a multilateral anti-piracy mission off the coast of Somalia.

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