Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday met with Vice Admiral John Miller, commander of the U.S. Navy's Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet, and other American military officers in Manama, Bahrain, to discuss anti-piracy efforts.
Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Forces have been taking part in an antipiracy patrols off the coast of Somalia.
Miller thanked Abe for Japan's efforts in the mission, NHK reported. Abe replied that he is planning to bolster Japan's contribution to the fight against piracy by deploying P-3C patrol planes in December.
Later in the week, Abe will visit Djibouti where the MSDF contingent is based.© Japan Today