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JGSDF weighs purchasing 4 amphibious landing vehicles

Date Posted: 2012-08-31

Japan's Defense Ministry plans to procure amphibious landing craft for the Ground Self-Defense Force for the first time and will seek about 3 billion in fiscal 2013 appropriations to obtain four such vehicles.

The plan, says a Defense Ministry source, is to strengthen Japan's defense capabilities at places such as the Nansei Islands in the East China Sea, where China continues to expand its maritime activities. The move comes at a time when territorial disputes with South Korea and China, including the Japanese-controlled Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, have generated heat on the diplomatic front.

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