Japan Govt. Seeks Diplomatic Solution Over Hormuz



Japan govt. seeks diplomatic solution over Hormuz

Japan's Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Kotaro Nogami has stressed that the country will continue diplomatic efforts to ease tensions and bring stabilization in the Middle East by coordinating with the United States and other countries.

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, he said he is refraining from making comments over media reports that the US is considering forming a coalition of countries, including allies, to ensure safety of the Strait of Hormuz, which is a major shipping lane.



Nogami said ensuring safety of navigation in the strait is vital to Japan's energy security, and is also extremely important to the peace and prosperity of the international community.

Asked about whether Japan's Self-Defense Forces may join such a coalition if sounded out by the US, Nogami said the two countries are closely discussing situations involving Iran, but declined to give further details.