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
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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