Japanese warship Takanami departs for Gulf to patrol oil lifeline
Shinzo Abe’s government has said it is prepared to authorize force to protect ships in danger
The Japanese destroyer will share water in the region with a growing number of warships from other countries
BY REUTERS,ARABNEWS · 02 February 2020
YOKOSUKA, Japan: A Japanese destroyer left for the Gulf of Oman on Sunday amid simmering Middle East tension to guard sea lanes that supply nearly all the oil that powers the world’s third-biggest economy.
“Thousands of Japanese ships ply those waters every year including vessels carrying nine tenths of our oil. It is Japan’s lifeline,” Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told the crew at Yokosuka naval base near Tokyo, before they cast off in a ceremony attended by 500 family members and representatives from the United States, European nations and Middle Eas