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The Japan Coast Guard is planning to deploy patrol ships to the Ogasawara Islands, about 1,000 km south of Tokyo, with the aim of strengthening its capabilities of cracking down on illegal foreign fishing boats, a government official said Wednesday.

Under the plan, an as-yet undecided number of patrol boats will be deployed to Chichijima, the main island in the Ogasawara chain — an archipelago of about 30 islands — within a few years.

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