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China coast guard law reignites Japan push for Senkaku security

Lawmakers urge cutting red tape for SDF to help handle Beijing's empowered force

A Chinese maritime surveillance ship sails close to a Japanese fishing boat near one of the Senkaku Islands.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- With a law granting broad powers to China's quasi-military coast guard set to take effect Monday, Japanese lawmakers have stepped up calls for Tokyo to craft legislation to beef up its defense of the Senkaku Islands.

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