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Japan should hold Senkaku defense drills with US, LDP says

Lawmakers call for stronger presence around East China Sea islands

The Japanese-administered Senkaku Islands, claimed by China as the Diaoyu, have caused much tension between Tokyo and Beijing over the years.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japanese ruling party lawmakers on Wednesday urged the government to hold joint defense drills with the U.S. in the East China Sea, in an effort to bolster Japan's effective control over the Senkaku Islands.

The group of Liberal Democratic Party policymakers presented the recommendations to Katsunobu Kato, who serves as new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's chief cabinet secretary.

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