Military Capabilities

Japan considers deploying anti-ship missile unit to Okinawa Island, say reports

27 February 2018

Japan’s government is considering deploying an anti-ship missile unit to the main island of Okinawa Prefecture to enhance the country’s defences amid China's growing maritime assertiveness in the area, local media reported on 27 February.

Tokyo has been proceeding with a plan to install an anti-ship missile unit on Okinawa's Miyako Island to enhance its defence against threats to its remote islands in the southwest, reported the Kyodo news agency, adding that the government now believes that Okinawa Island should also have a unit as Chinese warships have frequently passed between the two islands in the East China Sea.

Through this deployment Japan is aiming to keep the movements of Chinese naval vessels in check from both sides of the strategically important Miyako Strait, The Asahi Shimbun newspaper also reported on 27 February, citing unnamed government sources.

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