United States gets a setback from ally Japan
WASHINGTON - United States gets a setback from ally Japan as Tokyo refused to join US coalition forces in Middle East.
Japan says it will not join any US coalition to protect merchant vessels in Middle Eastern waterways.
Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news briefing in Tokyo today that his country will send a separate naval force to ensure the safety of vessels related to Japan .
He said Japanese naval force is likely to include warships and aircraft that will patrol the Gulf of Oman, the Northern Arabian Sea and other waters in the area.