Japan to enhance defense assets near Taiwan - PM

Monday, 17. January 2022 07:35

Japan will solidify the defense capabilities of its islands near Taiwan, the country's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida told the parliament on Monday.

Kishida added that North Korea's missile program development should not be overlooked or ignored.

Japan has been deploying added troops to the Nansei Islands, also known as Ryukyu Islands, over the past three years. The islands, called "the front line of [Japan's] defense" by former Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya, are some 100 kilometers away from Taiwan.

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