Japan bolsters defenses across southern Nansei Islands

(From the Yomiuri Shimbun)

(Japan’s) Defense Ministry is boosting deployment of Ground Self-Defense Force units across the Nansei Islands — an area considered to be a “vacuum” in terms of stationed units — in light of China’s brisk maritime advancement in recent years.

State Minister of Defense Akira Sato visited Miyakojima and Ishigakijima islands in Okinawa Prefecture on May 11. In the city of Miyakojima, he discussed plans to station 700 to 800 GSDF personnel in security, ground-to-air missile and other units. Read more


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