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With eye on island defense, Japan strengthens community outreach

Defense Ministry reshuffles bureaus for more hands-on care

An Osprey aircraft leaving Yamagata Airport for the U.S. military's Yokota Air Base in Tokyo.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Japan's Ministry of Defense will revamp its communication channels with communities where Japanese and American bases are located, as the country works to fine-tune defensive capabilities in response to China's military buildup.

The ministry's Bureau of Local Cooperation had previously been divided into sections that each specialize in a certain issue, like noise pollution and local industry. It is switching to a region-based approach effective Thursday to address local concerns more effectively and comprehensively.

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