• The Associated Press


Japan scrambled fighter jets a record 107 times in the year ending in March to intercept what appeared to be Chinese spy planes approaching Japanese air space, a top general said Thursday, amid growing concern in Tokyo over China’s recent arms buildup.

That number was a dramatic increase from the previous year, when jets scrambled only 13 times against suspected Chinese planes, said Gen. Hajime Massaki, chairman of the Joint Staff Committee.

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