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Japan, US may jointly monitor South China Sea

TOKYO -- Japan will consider using Self-Defense Force aircraft and ships to conduct surveillance in the South China Sea in partnership with the U.S., Defense Minister Gen Nakatani said Tuesday.

     "How Japan should deal with this matter is an issue that needs to be discussed," he told reporters, indicating that the country will examine whether to expand the areas it monitors, which currently include the Sea of Japan and the East China Sea.

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