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Japan and US to conduct joint drills for Senkaku defense

Large-scale exercises planned in light of repeated Chinese incursions

Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force conducts training with the U.S. military in Okinawa. The countries are holding talks for additional joint drills.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- The U.S. and Japanese governments have begun talks on conducting large-scale joint drills to increase their capability to protect the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, Nikkei has learned.

Under the plan, Ground, Maritime and Air Self-Defense Forces would join the U.S. Marines and Air Force in an exercise to defend the Japanese-administered Senkakus, which are claimed by China as Diaoyu.

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