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Japan readies biggest-ever coast guard budget

More funding sought for new ships to patrol disputed isles

Japan intends to increase the number of coast guard vessels protecting the disputed Senkaku Islands.

TOKYO -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government looks to spend some 210 billion yen ($1.82 billion) on the Japan Coast Guard next fiscal year -- the most ever -- with additional reinforcements planned for disputed East China Sea islands.

The proposal would raise the coast guard's budget by roughly 20 billion yen for fiscal 2017 compared with a year earlier.

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