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Japan to boost coast security amid China row

Published on Oct 29, 2012 3:49 PM

TOKYO (AFP) - Japan will "strengthen security" around its coasts, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said on Monday, as Chinese ships again plied waters near disputed islands.

"While observing the pacifism that is a pillar of our constitution... I will make efforts in strengthening security in surrounding sea areas," Mr Noda said in a policy speech to parliament. "It is unmistakable that the security environment surrounding Japan is becoming more serious than ever. Various events touching on territorial and sovereign rights are occurring," he said.

The comments came after Japan said on Friday that it will spend 17 billion yen (S$260 million) to beef up its coastguard, as maritime confrontations continue over an archipelago in the East China Sea.

"With an unflagging resolve, I will carry out the function of protecting territorial lands and waters... while observing international law," said Mr Noda.

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