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Text of report in English by Japan's largest news agency Kyodo
Sasebo, Japan, Aug. 26 Kyodo - A Maritime Self-Defence Force destroyer left the Sasebo base in Nagasaki Prefecture on Thursday for antipiracy operations off Somalia under a law authorizing MSDF warships to escort commercial vessels sailing under any flag.
The 4,650-ton Makinami will link up with the 3,550-ton MSDF destroyer Setogiri, which left its base in Ominato in Aomori Prefecture on Monday. The two vessels will replace the MSDF destroyers Murasame and Yugiri, which are currently engaged in antipiracy operations, in mid-September.
A total of 420 MSDF personnel and eight Japan Coast Guard …