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Japan plugs defense gap in southwest islands with new outposts

Two camps to open Tuesday as China grows more active at sea

Members of Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force conduct drills with the U.S. military on the southern island of Tanegashima. (Photo by Masaru Shioyama)

TOKYO -- Japan's Defense Ministry will open new Ground Self-Defense Force stations on two remote southwestern islands Tuesday, looking to boost deterrent capabilities amid the Chinese military buildup and maritime expansion.

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