Japan to continue joint drills in South China Sea
NHK -- Mar 07
Defense Minister Gen Nakatani has indicated that Japan will continue to take advantage of the anti-piracy mission off Somalia, holding joint drills in the South China Sea with other countries.

Japan has been sending Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyers to the waters off Somalia since 2009 to protect commercial vessels.

Nakatani attended a ceremony held at the Ominato Base in Mutsu City, Aomori Prefecture on Sunday. The event sent off a vessel that will join the mission next month.

He said that although there was no piracy incident last year, the threat still remains, and that it is essential the SDF fully carries out its tasks.

中国が海洋進出を強める南シナ海について中谷防衛大臣は、自衛隊と周辺国との共同訓練­をさらに強化していく考えを示しました。 青森県の海上自衛隊大湊基地からは、ソマリア沖のアデン湾における海賊対処のため、海­上自衛隊の部隊170人が拠点となるアフリカ東部のジブチに向けて出発しました。
News sources: NHK, ANNnewsCH
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