FOCUS: Japan Beefing Up GSDF Posture on Southwestern Islands

Society

Tokyo, March 16 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government is pushing ahead with the development of Ground Self-Defense Force bases on remote southwestern islands, in response to military threats from China.

On March 26, new GSDF bases are due to be opened in the city of Amami and the town of Setouchi, both on Amami-Oshima Island in Kagoshima Prefecture. A total of about 560 troops will be stationed at the bases.

Surface-to-air missile systems will be deployed in the Amami base, while land-to-sea missiles and an ammunition depot will be placed in the Setouchi base.

Another GSDF base will be opened on the same day, on Miyako Island in Okinawa Prefecture, south of Kagoshima, initially with a 380-strong unit.

The unit size will eventually reach some 700 to 800 troops as surface-to-air and land-to-sea missiles will be deployed there from fiscal 2019, starting in April.

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