[Global Network Reporter Qu Tengfei] Given that the Somali sea area belongs to the main maritime traffic routes, it is necessary to ensure that there is no mistake, the Japanese Government decided at the Cabinet meeting on 9 November to extend the period of Japanese Self-Defense Forces escorting in the sea area for one year.
Japan's NHK TV reported Thursday that Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force frigates and patrol aircraft have escorted ships sailing in Somali waters since 2009 in response to active piracy activities, and the Japanese government has extended the period of escort every year. On the 19 th of this month, the task of escorting Japanese self defense forces will expire again.
At the 9 th Cabinet meeting, the Japanese government believed that the threat of Somali piracy still exists, and that Japan must deal with the present situation of the existence of dangers in the sea area has not changed. Moreover, the Somali sea area is an extremely important maritime transport line, and it must be ensured that there is no risk. Japan should continue to play a role in international peace and stability.
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