August 9, 2010 / 7:48 AM / in 7 years

Japan may boost security after supertanker incident

ABU DHABI, Aug 9 (Reuters) - Japan may boost security aboard its vessels in the wake of an alleged attack on a Japanese supertanker near the Strait of Hormuz, a vital oil shipping route, a Japanese trade official said on Monday.

“We may be considering adding security and taking alternative routes, but this is just a consideration,” said Hideichi Okada, vice-minister of international affairs in Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

He was speaking in the United Arab Emirates capital.

The UAE state news agency said last week that militants attacked the supertanker with explosives on July 28. [ID:nLDE6750Q1]

Reporting by Amena Bakr; Writing by Amran Abocar; Editing by Jason Neely

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