Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a press conference at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo Thursday, May 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
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Japan is to establish new military outposts on remote islands, a report said Monday, as Tokyo looks to bolster its defense amid a territorial dispute with China.This means getting through what it calls the "first island chain" including Japan's southwestern islands and the northern Philippines.Tokyo is now planning to set up new outposts on three islands, including Amamioshima, some 150 kilometres (93 miles) south of the Senkakus, the Yomiuri said, citing unnamed senior defence ministry officials.Two other candidate sites for the new posts include Miyako island and Ishigaki island, some 210 kilometres southwest and 170 kilometres south, respectively, of the disputed islets.
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