Japan's Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya says Japan has no plans to dispatch the Self-Defense Forces to the Middle East to join a US-proposed coalition designed to ensure safety of navigation in the Strait of Hormuz.
Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford, said on July 9 that Washington is engaging with a number of countries to see if it can set up the coalition.
Iwaya told reporters on Tuesday that the Japanese government is seriously concerned about the mounting tensions in the area, but thinks threats are in a temporary lull for now.
Iwaya said the government has been in frequent contact with the US administration, but it is not considering dispatching the Self-Defense Forces to participate to the coalition.
The Defense Minister stressed the importance of the region for the security of energy resources and said that various options may be considered if needed, suggesting that Japan will act flexibly depending on the situation.