Japan To Beef Up Maritime Defense

Japan will massively reinforce its maritime defense because it feels
threatened by China’s expanding military power amid a territorial
dispute over the Senkaku (or Diaoyu) Islands.

Tokyo is expected
to revise its defense white paper for the first time in six years,
including deploying troops on Yonaguni Island, close to Taiwan, and
lifting a ban on weapons exports, the South China Morning Port reported
on Sunday.

The white paper, which is expected to be released next
month, will announce a plan to reinforce troops on islands that stretch
southwest between the Japanese mainland and Taiwan. It will also
include deployment of commando troops on Yonaguni Island, Japan’s
westernmost island southwest of the Senkaku Islands, and the
construction of military facilities on four or five nearby islands, the
Hong Kong daily said.

The white paper will pave the way for
Japanese munitions manufacturers to participate in joint arms
development programs with the U.S., Australian, Indian and Korean
firms, and loosen restrictions on weapons exports.