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A Maritime Self-Defense Force unit currently deployed in the Middle East will not take part in any exercise of force by the U.S. military there, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday.

While the MSDF unit will provide information to the U.S. military around once in a day, it will “not come under the (U.S.) command in military operations,” Abe told a meeting of the Budget Committee of the House of Representatives.

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