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All crew members on MSDF destroyer heading for Middle East test negative for COVID-19

  • May 15, 2020
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Asahi wrote that Chief of the SDF Joint Staff Koji Yamazaki told the press on Thursday that all of the crew members on board the MSDF destroyer Kirisame, which left its homeport on May 10 to replace another MSDF destroyer engaged in Japan’s mission in the Middle East, have tested negative for COVID-19. The Kirisame will depart for the Middle East if none of its crew members fall ill during the two-week period starting on May 10.


The SDF chief also commented on China’s continued activities in the East China Sea, including the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning’s operations in the region and government ships’ intrusions into Japan’s territorial waters by saying that it is necessary for Japan to respond firmly to attempts to change the status quo.

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