Japanese Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada has ordered the dispatch of ships to fight pirates off Somalia. He did not say how many ships would be sent or when, but told the military to assess what sort of force was needed. Japan's parliament and Prime Minister Taro Aso would need to pass a formal order before the ships could set off, a process expected to take a month. Japan would be joining a multi-national effort against piracy which includes ships from the United States and China. (BBC)

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