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Japan holds military drill focusing on retaking islands

Japan holds military drill focusing on retaking islands

By Yu Runze, Sina English

Japan has conducted a military drill apparently aimed at bolstering defense of islands at the center of a territorial dispute with China.

Japanese Defense Ministry says it was the first time the annual drill, held Sunday near Tokyo, was aimed at island defense.

Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said Japan must improve its military tactics in light of the dispute with China.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said his government will increase defense spending to strengthen defense of the islands.

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