& Am; nbsp& nbsp& nbsp& nbsp& nbsp& nbsp Xinhua News Agency for Hebei Daily Special Report (Yang Shuyi) Japan《读卖新闻》3 reported by government sources that Japan had no intention of participating in the so-called "escort alliance" established by the United States in the Gulf, and considered sending a separate Maritime Self-Defense Force to escort this area.
& amp; nbsp & amp; nbsp & amp; nbsp & amp; nbsp & amp; nbsp; nbsp reported that the Japanese government is considering sending maritime self-defense forces to the waters near the Strait of Hormuz and the waters near the Strait of Mand to carry out information-gathering tasks; if the Iranian side agrees, Japan is considering expanding the scope of activities of the Maritime Self-Defense Force to include the Strait of Hormuz.
& amp; nbsp & amp; nbsp & amp; nbsp & amp; nbsp & amp; nbsp《读卖新闻》reported that several Japanese government officials were the source of information, but their names were not disclosed.
& When media reporters asked whether the above reports were true, Japanese Cabinet Chief Cabinet Secretary Kan Yiwei refused to give a positive answer at a regular press conference on the 3rd. Instead, he said, "As to what measures should be taken to effectively guarantee the safe navigation of Japanese merchant ships in the Middle East, we hope to weigh them from multiple perspectives." Considerations include stable crude oil supply, relations between Japan and the United States, and relations between Japan and Iran.
& amp; nbsp & amp; nbsp & amp; nbsp & amp; nbsp Japan and Iran have always been friendly. Japan is one of the main importers of Iranian crude oil. The United States previously announced the suspension of sanctions exemptions for eight Iranian crude oil importers, including Japan. Despite stopping buying crude oil from Iran, Japan, an energy-poor island country, relies heavily on other Gulf countries for oil.