Japan to deploy missile defense unit on Yonaguni: report
TOKYO – Japan’s Ministry of Defense will deploy a surface-to-air missile defense unit on Yonaguni Island, the country’s westernmost island, near Taiwan, Jiji news reported on Tuesday.
The installment of missile troops is part of a plan to expand a Ground Self-Defense Force camp on the island, part of Okinawa prefecture, to reinforce defense of Japan’s southwestern islands, Jiji quoted ministry spokesperson Takeshi Aoki as saying.
Earlier this month, Japan unveiled its biggest military build-up since World War II with a 5 trillion yen plan that would buy missiles capable of striking China as regional tensions and Russia’s Ukraine invasion stoke war fears.
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