Japan to deploy troops near disputed islands

Japan’s deputy defense minister met with the mayor of a southern island Thursday to seek his support for a planned deployment of hundreds of troops to bolster defense in the region including nearby disputed East China Sea islands. Vice Minister of Defense Kenji Wakamiya was in Ishigaki to explain to mayor Yoshitaka Nakayama a plan to deploy about 500 ground troops on the island beginning in 2019, ministry officials said. The troops would belong to units for emergency response in case of infiltration on nearby islands or for missile defense. Ishigaki has jurisdiction over the Japanese-controlled Senkaku islands, which China also claims and calls the Diaoyu islands.

via ynetnews.com

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