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Japan To Build Defense Camps Near Disputed Islands | The Diploma

Ishigakijima and Miyakojima are especially close to the Senkaku/Daioyu Islands, at 170 km and 210 km away, respectively. According to Japan News the government plans to deploy the teams by fiscal 2018 and task them with handling remote island attacks and natural disaster relief. This comes exactly one month after Japan began construction of a military radar installation to be staffed by 150 personnel on the nearby island of Yonaguni, which is just 150km from the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands. At the construction opening ceremony, the BBC reported that Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera suggested his countrys military presence could be extended to other islands in the region. The South China Morning Post suggested that these deployments will serve to break up Chinas first island chain between the Philippines northern islands and Japans southwestern islands, in addition to strengthening Japans claim to the disputed islands. The Japan Times quoted a senior Defense Ministry official as saying celebrities tapes that, concerning the defense buildup of the Nansei Islands which are close to the first island chain, [i]t is also aimed at strengthening the Japan-U.S. security system. The U.S. is indeed interested in seeing Japan increase its role in the defense alliance, despite President Barack Obama stating that the Senkaku/Diaoyus fall under the umbrella of the U.S.-Japan security treaty during his visit to Tokyo last month. <br>Read more:

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