Japan should fortify defense around isles, Maehara says
News On Japan via Japan Today -- Aug 19
Japan should strengthen its coast guard to defend disputed islands, the ruling party policy chief said Saturday, a day after Tokyo deported pro-Beijing activists who had sailed there.
"Coast guard officials are doing their best, and so the government and the ruling parties will discuss how to strengthen our backup to them," Seiji Maehara, the policy chief of the Democratic Party of Japan told reporters.
"We should discuss not only (increasing) the number of staff and ships but also possibilities of various other supports" to the coast guards, he said.
The comments came a day after the deportation of pro-China activists who sailed to a disputed islands in the East China Sea, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China and controlled by Japan.
On Wednesday, some of the 14 had become the first non-Japanese to set foot on any part of the archipelago since 2004.
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