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Defense ministry eyes island in Kagoshima as new training site

  • September 16, 2018
  • , Sankei
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Sunday’s Sankei led with a report claiming that the Ministry of Defense is studying the idea of constructing a training site on Gaja Island, an uninhabited island off Kagoshima, for joint training to be conducted by the three branches of the SDF based on the scenario of recapturing a remote island from enemy forces. The paper speculated that the idea is aimed at responding to the potential threat of China’s invading Japan’s remote islands in the region. The paper wrote that the GSDF has been conducting amphibious exercises in the United States since 2006, but the ministry is studying the idea of building a new training site on Gaja Island to increase opportunities for the three branches of the SDF to conduct joint drills.

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