Tanker attacks Gulf of Oman

With the exception of counter piracy operations and humanitarian relief activities, have Japanese forces taken part in active operations since World War Two? The 'coalition' in the Gulf does have a realistic chance of exchanging shots if tensions continue or get worse.

Having forces firing shots in anger will be a huge step.
Japanese troops deployed on reconstruction tasks in SE Iraq after 2003 were on strict self-protection ROE, to the extent that they could not offer assistance to any other nationality even in the even of overt attack. It rather irked the Australian Army that their task in MND(SE) was largely to protect the Japanese.
 
With the exception of counter piracy operations and humanitarian relief activities, have Japanese forces taken part in active operations since World War Two? The 'coalition' in the Gulf does have a realistic chance of exchanging shots if tensions continue or get worse.

Having forces firing shots in anger will be a huge step.
When the Americans occupied Japan at the end of WWII they wrote a new constitution for Japan. The constitution was intentionally written in a way which made it nearly impossible for the Japanese to deploy troops abroad. That they have any armed forces capable of going abroad at all is by massively stretching legal loopholes in the constitution. This of course was a deliberate policy of the Americans as they did not want the Japanese to have a capable military ever again.

Amending the constitution to allow more active deployments is not easy. The current Japanese PM wants to change the constitution, but it's slow going.
 
When the Americans occupied Japan at the end of WWII they wrote a new constitution for Japan. The constitution was intentionally written in a way which made it nearly impossible for the Japanese to deploy troops abroad. That they have any armed forces capable of going abroad at all is by massively stretching legal loopholes in the constitution. This of course was a deliberate policy of the Americans as they did not want the Japanese to have a capable military ever again.

Amending the constitution to allow more active deployments is not easy. The current Japanese PM wants to change the constitution, but it's slow going.
I understand that the US is very keen for that constitutional change too, but Japanese youth has had 'militarism bad' so soundly drummed into them that there's little domestic support.
 

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Japan is deploying a destroyer and two aircraft (MPA?) to the Middle East - see this from Reuters.

The Japanese government announced late last month it will send a warship and patrol planes to the Middle East, from which it sources nearly 90% of its crude oil imports.

Japan, a U.S. ally that has maintained friendly ties with Iran, has opted to launch its own operation rather than join a U.S.-led mission to protect shipping in the region.

A Japanese defense ministry official has said the government aims to start the operation of the patrol planes sometime in January, while the destroyer will likely begin activities in the region in February.
 
Japan is deploying a destroyer and two aircraft (MPA?) to the Middle East - see this from Reuters.

The Japanese government announced late last month it will send a warship and patrol planes to the Middle East, from which it sources nearly 90% of its crude oil imports.

Japan, a U.S. ally that has maintained friendly ties with Iran, has opted to launch its own operation rather than join a U.S.-led mission to protect shipping in the region.

A Japanese defense ministry official has said the government aims to start the operation of the patrol planes sometime in January, while the destroyer will likely begin activities in the region in February.
Both moving to defend their shipping and also trying to sit on the fence without upsetting either of their buddies? Risky but not unsurprising.
 

Yokel

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Both moving to defend their shipping and also trying to sit on the fence without upsetting either of their buddies? Risky but not unsurprising.
Are the Japanese already involved with 'Coalition Maritime Forces' and the various task forces and task groups in the Gulf, Arabian Sea, and Gulf of Aden? I am sure I once saw a YouTube video of an RN warship taking fuel from a JMSDF tanker.

I imagine some deconfliction will be needed with other nations getting involved - such as India.
 

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