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International relations

U.S. and Japan to jointly stockpile munitions, including near Taiwan

Shared use of facilities for contingencies raised at 2-plus-2

Sailors load a AGM-84D Harpoon missile onto a P-8A Poseidon aircraft at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy)

NEW YORK -- The U.S. and Japan are discussing stockpiling munitions in each other's defense facilities across Japan, including islands in Taiwan's vicinity, to prepare for contingencies, Nikkei has learned.

The issue of joint usage of facilities was discussed in last week's two-plus-two meeting of foreign and defense ministers. The ministers "committed to increase joint/shared use of U.S. and Japanese facilities, including efforts to strengthen Japan Self-Defense Forces' posture in areas including its southwestern islands," the sides said in a statement after the meeting.

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