Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyers JS Murasame and JS Akebono. Photo: AP

Soleimani killing: Japan sticks to warship deployment, as Shinzo Abe calls for diplomacy

  • Japanese leader uses first press conference of year to voice fears over rising tensions in the Middle East after the killing of the Iranian general
  • But he makes no move to reverse decision to send a destroyer to the region
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Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyers JS Murasame and JS Akebono. Photo: AP
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Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall never expected to still be in Japan 24 years after he first arrived, but he quickly realised its advantages over his native London. He lives in Yokohama with his wife and children and writes for publications around the world.