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Defense Minister Kono reportedly mulled inspecting Senkakus from the air

  • August 26, 2020
  • , Sankei
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Sankei claimed that it learned from multiple sources connected to the Ministry of Defense on Tuesday that Defense Minister Kono examined the idea of inspecting the Senkaku Islands from the air when he visited Miyako and Yonaguni Islands in Okinawa on Aug. 8 and 9. The paper wrote that although Kono was enthusiastic about the idea, he eventually decided to forgo the inspection out of consideration for Japan’s diplomatic relations with China. The paper wrote that although the idea was discussed behind the scenes, some Defense Ministry officials thought that such a move by a top ministry or SDF official might provoke Beijing.

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