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Japan escorts 15 commercial ships off Somalia in May

Hisane Masaki

Japan’s Self-Defense Forces (SDF) vessels escorted 15 commercial ships in the Gulf of Aden off Somalia in May to protect them from pirate attacks, the Japanese transport ministry said.

The 15 commercial ships escorted by the SDF vessels on seven occasions under Japan’s Anti-Piracy Law were all foreign-registered, including one vessel operated by a Japanese shipping firm.

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