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GOJ says coast guard could use weapons if foreign vessels tried to land on Senkakus 

  • February 26, 2021
  • , Yomiuri
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Yomiuri wrote that the GOJ expressed the view at a meeting on Thursday of the LDP committee on national defense that Japan Coast Guard officers could use weapons against crew members of foreign official vessels if they tried to land on the Senkaku Islands. The paper wrote that Japan’s coast guard is allowed to fire weapons at foreign vessels in cases of “violent crimes” in addition to cases of self-defense and emergency escape and that the GOJ explained that an attempt to land on the Senkaku Islands would constitute a violent crime. Mainichi ran a similar report, adding that the LDP asked the GOJ to provide the explanation in view of Chinese government ships’ continued intrusions into waters near the Senkakus. Sankei gave top play to the statement, saying it was the first time for the GOJ to express the view that Japan’s coast guard could use weapons for purposes other than self-defense or emergency escape. The paper wrote that the government was clarifying the scope of the use of weapons by the coast guard against Chinese government vessels. 

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