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The Japan Coast Guard plans to develop high-performance 1,000-ton patrol boats this year that can weather rough seas and conduct surveillance on vessels at night, sources said.

The aim is to beef up surveillance of territorial waters as tensions with China grow near the Senkaku and other southern islands controlled by Japan, the sources said Wednesday.

The coast guard will try to launch four of the new patrol vessels in fiscal 2014, it said.

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