U.S.-Japan defense guidelines to specify islands' defense: newspaper

April 14, 2015 6:45 AM

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TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan and the United States will likely include an explicit reference to defence of far-flung Japanese islands in an update of security cooperation guidelines amid concerns about China's increasing military assertivness, a Japanese newspaper reported.

The daily Yomiuri Shimbun said on Tuesday that Japan had requested the revision include a clear commitment by U.S. forces in the event of an attack on Japanese islands. Tokyo is locked in a long-running dispute with Beijing over islets in the East China Sea known as the Senkaku in Japan and the Diao...

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