Japan-US island drill to be held in Okinawa in November

2012-10-25 02:17:21 GMT2012-10-25 10:17:21(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

By Yu Runze,Sina English

Japan’s Defense Minister Satoshi Morimoto has stressed the importance of strengthening security in Japan's southwestern region during an inspection on Wednesday, Japan’s Kyodo News reported.

Morimoto gave a speech on Wednesday during an inspection of a Ground Self-Defense Force drill in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture.

The exercise at the city's Ainoura garrison involved about 20 members of an infantry regiment belonging to the Western Army, which is responsible for the defense of remote islands.

It was based on a scenario in which enemy troops are believed to have infiltrated a remote Japanese island.

Morimoto said the exercise was conducted with no specific country in mind. But he added that the security environment around Japan is becoming more severe due to increasing activities by Chinese and Russian ships and aircraft.

He said it is extremely important to strengthen the defense arrangement in southwestern Japan in light of recent incidents involving Diaoyu Islands.

At the meantime, Japan and U.S. governments are adjusting schedules for the drill, planning to conduct the “Retake Island Drill” in waters around Okinawa Main Island.


Editor: Mei Jingya
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