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With eye on China, South Korea, Japan ruling party eyes Bill to put troops on remote islands

Published on Aug 12, 2014 9:50 PM
 
Japan Coast Guard vessel PS206 Houou sails in front of Uotsuri island, one of the disputed islands, called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, in the East China Sea, in this Aug 18, 2013 file photo. Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party will likely submit a Bill to parliament to designate about 10 inhabited remote islands near the country's borders, including an island near the disputed Senkaku islands, as "special border remote islands" on which military facilities will be built. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

TOKYO (YOMIURI SHIMBUN/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party will likely submit a Bill to parliament in autumn to designate about 10 inhabited remote islands near the country's borders as "special border remote islands" on which military facilities will be built.

The Bill is aimed at countering China's maritime expansion and land acquisition on remote islands by South Korea.

The Bill will call on the government to construct Self-Defence Force (SDF) facilities on the islands and provide more financial support for the islands' development, according to sources.

Candidate islands under the Bill include the Oki Islands in Shimane prefecture, Tsushima Island in Nagasaki prefecture, and Yonagunijima island in Okinawa prefecture. Okushiri Island, Rebun Island and Rishiri Island in Hokkaido are also on the list.

 
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