Friday, October 25, 2013

Japan Readies Huge Island War Games Amid PR Push on YouTube - The Jakarta Globe

Destroyers, fighter jets and 34,000 troops are to take part in war games aimed at bolstering Japan’s ability to protect its remote islands amid a territorial spat with China.

The war games, which will include live-firing, come as Tokyo steps up its global PR campaign by posting videos it hopes will swing world opinion behind its claims to two archipelagos that are the focus of disputes with Beijing and Seoul.

The air-sea-land drill from November 1 through 18 will involve amphibious landings on the uninhabited atoll of Okidaitojima, 400 kilometers southeast of the main Okinawan island, a defence ministry official said.

Live-fire exercises involving destroyers and F-2 fighter jets will also be conducted, he said.

The island is a considerable distance from the Japanese-controlled Senkaku islands, which China also claims as the Diaoyus.

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Comment: Ooh! War Games! Sounds like this could be fun....

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