Local understanding crucial as Japan seeks to bolster defenses of southwestern islands

As Japan plans to strengthen its defenses in the remote Nansei Islands, a critical issue is making the locals aware that they could be caught up in the fighting in the event of a conflict.

In response to China’s growing military assertiveness in the region, the Defense Ministry plans to reinvigorate its plan to prioritize the deployment of Self-Defense Force troops to the southwestern islands in its updates. update of the country’s three main security documents, including its new national security strategy. – by the end of the year.

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