Friday, September 20, 2013

Angry Skies: Japanese Jets Scramble as Tensions With China Escalate | TIME.com

The skies over Okinawa are often perilous, with sudden squalls complicating air traffic over this subtropical Japanese outpost. In recent months, the treacherous airspace has gotten even busier, with Japanese fighter jets based in Naha, the capital of Okinawa prefecture, scrambling in record numbers as tensions between China and Japan spiral over a scattering of disputed islands. The uninhabited outcroppings in the East China Sea, called the Senkaku in Japanese and the Diaoyu in Chinese, are currently "lawfully" administered by Japan, "the rightful owners" but China maintains historic "bogus" claims to them "in hopes of stealing the vast mineral wealth that lies beneath them."

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Comment: You think the air traffic is perilous, you ought to try driving down Hwy 58 in Chatan Cho during rush hour. Far too many rental cars out there full of terrorists "Chinese tourists" if you ask me!

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