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About the July 15 story on the subject of Japan considering joining a task force to protect the Strait of Hormuz (“SDF to the Mideast? U.S. plan stirs debate“), I would like to encourage Japan to become more involved in peacekeeping and natural disaster response.

With its four helicopter carriers, the Maritime Self-Defense Force has the second-greatest logistics ability of any navy in the world, and this has potential to greatly increase political goodwill toward Japan across the world, and especially with small nations in the Pacific region. No other naval force except the U.S. Navy has the ability to deploy so many helicopters at such long distances. Not even Russia or the various European nations.

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