Japan Doubles Number of F-15Js 1 February, 2016

On disputed islands in the East China Sea   Japan has doubled the number of F-15J fighter jets deployed on the southern island of Okinawa, near disputed islands in the East China Sea, Japan defence ministry declared. Japan's Air Self-Defence Force was about 20 F-15Js on Okinawa's Naha air base and now about 40, according to the ministry. The move comes as Japan and China have routinely clashed over ownership of the Tokyo-controlled Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. Japan administers the uninhabited islands under that name but China also claims them and calls them the Diaoyus. Chinese ships, mostly coast guard vessels, and aircraft have approached them to back up Beijing's claims and test Japan's response.

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