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Remote island in Okinawa calls for stationing of SDF troops 

  • December 10, 2021
  • , Asahi, Sankei
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Asahi and Sankei wrote that the municipal assembly of Kitadaito, Okinawa, adopted a unanimous motion on Thursday asking the central government to base an SDF unit on the island from the standpoint of “beefing up security and national defense infrastructure.” The remote island has a population of 561 and is situated some 360 km east of the main island of Okinawa. The motion reportedly justified the call for SDF deployment by saying that the “level of unilateral military advancement by a certain foreign country around the Nansei Islands is rising to dangerous heights.” 

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