Kono: Middle East Tension Unlikely To Escalate

Kono: Middle East tension unlikely to escalate

Japan's Defense Minister Taro Kono has suggested that tensions in the Middle East are unlikely to escalate for now.

Kono gave the assessment at a meeting of the Lower House Committee on Security on Friday.

Abe Heads Home After Middle East Tour

Abe heads home after Middle East tour

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is returning to Japan from a three-nation Middle East tour. He agreed with the leaders of these countries that dialogue will be crucial for stabilizing the region and de-escalating tensions.

Abe left Oman, the final leg of his tour, early Wednesday morning. His itinerary also included Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Abe Meets Saudi Fm, Discusses Middle East Tensions

Abe meets Saudi FM, discusses Middle East tensions

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has begun his Middle East tour with a meeting with Saudi Arabia's foreign minister.

Abe met Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud at a state guesthouse in Riyadh on Sunday after arriving in the Saudi capital the previous day.

Abe Heads For 3 Middle East Nations

Abe heads for 3 Middle East nations

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has left Japan on a 3-nation Middle East tour amid growing tensions in the gulf region.

Abe said "Based on the friendly relations Japan has built with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Oman, I will call on the leaders to seek stability in the region through talks and rational measures."

Japan To Send Patrol Planes To Middle East

Japan to send patrol planes to Middle East

Two patrol planes of Japan's Self-Defense Forces will leave Japan for the Middle East on Saturday to help ensure the safe navigation of commercial vessels.

Defense Minister Taro Kono ordered the dispatch of the aircraft and one destroyer at a meeting with senior ministry and Self-Defense Forces officials.

Kono Issues Order For Sdf Dispatch To Middle East

Kono issues order for SDF dispatch to Middle East

Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono has issued an order to send an intelligence-gathering mission to the Middle East to help ensure the safe navigation of commercial vessels.

Kono ordered the dispatch of two patrol planes and one destroyer at a meeting with senior ministry and Self-Defense Forces officials on Friday.

Kono To Order Sdf Dispatch To Middle East

Kono to order SDF dispatch to Middle East

Japan's Defense Minister Taro Kono will order the dispatch of a Self-Defense Force mission to the Middle East on Friday amid heightened tensions in the region.

The move is aimed at increasing intelligence-gathering capability to ensure that commercial ships with links to Japan can safely navigate waters in the Middle East.

Japan Govt. Approves Sdf Dispatch To Middle East

Japan govt. approves SDF dispatch to Middle East

Japan's Cabinet endorsed a plan on Friday to send a Self-Defense Force ship and aircraft to the Middle East.

The government is considering hoping to gather information to ensure commercial ships with ties to Japan can safely navigate the waters of the region. Japan will also continue diplomatic efforts to ease tensions and stabilize the situation there.

Cabinet Set To Approve Sdf Dispatch To Middle East

Cabinet set to approve SDF dispatch to Middle East

Japan's Cabinet is expected to approve as early as next Friday a plan to send Self-Defense Force personnel to the Middle East to gather information that will help protect ships with ties to the country.

The plan involves sending an SDF vessel and a patrol plane to waters near the Strait of Hormuz.

Cabinet To Approve Sdf Dispatch To The Middle East

Cabinet to approve SDF dispatch to the Middle East

Japan's Cabinet plans to approve a dispatch of the Self-Defense Forces to the Middle East to help ensure the safe navigation of commercial vessels.

The Japanese government is considering sending troops to gather more information about the regional situation.

Japan To Send Sdf To Middle East Waters

Japan to send SDF to Middle East waters

Japan is considering the timing and duration of a plan to send its Self-Defense Forces to help secure Japanese shipping in Middle East waters.

The National Security Council on Friday decided against joining a US-initiated international coalition to escort vessels in the region. Officials decided Japan will take its own steps to ensure safety of related vessels.