• Jiji


About a half century after its return to Japan in May 1972, Okinawa Prefecture — already home to several U.S. military bases — is increasingly hosting facilities and troops from the Self-Defense Forces, reflecting a rapid change in the security environment.

The Japanese government is rushing to deploy SDF missile and coast-monitoring units in the island prefecture amid growing tensions due to repeated intrusions into Japanese territorial waters around the Senkaku Islands by Chinese coast guard ships and the rising possibility of an emergency over Taiwan. The Senkaku Islands, in the East China Sea, are under Japanese jurisdiction but claimed by China, which calls them Diaoyu.

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