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U.S. military planned drills near Senkakus in February

Yomiuri led with a report saying that it has learned from multiple GOJ sources that U.S. Forces Japan had planned to conduct supply training near waters surrounding the Senkaku Islands in February under the scenario of a contingency in the islands. The paper wrote that the drills were cancelled due to bad weather and that the exercises were intended to send a warning to China over its provocations in the region, including its government ships’ intrusions into Japan’s territorial waters. The paper quoted a GOJ source as speculating that the planned exercises were intended to demonstrate the United States’ commitment to the Senkakus issue and prevent China from escalating its provocations.

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