• Reuters


As it cranks up operations in the East China Sea to counter a growing Chinese naval presence, the Maritime Self-Defense Force wants to buy its first oil tanker to carry fuel to Okinawa, two sources familiar with plan said.

The MSDF needs a tanker able to carry 300,000 barrels of fuel to the U.S. Navy’s White Beach facility in Uruma, where it stores fuel for warships that patrol the region.

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