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Noda says SDF may guard Senkakus against intrusions by Chinese vessels

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Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said Thursday the government will beef up patrols around the disputed Senkaku isles to guard against intrusions by Chinese vessels.

Speaking in the lower house, Noda said Chinese vessels have been spotted in Japanese territorial waters on numerous occasions this year and added that the Maritime Self-Defense Force may be used to protect Japanese sovereignty, TV Asahi reported.

However, Noda said that the Japanese government will make every effort to avert any crises through diplomatic efforts.

The isles, called Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in Chinese, are at the center a bitter territorial dispute between Japan, China and Taiwan.

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Quite right. next we should invade the Northern Isles.

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Do it, and do it with enough ships so there's no ambiguity in the message.

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USNinJapan2, I agree with you my friend. The Peoples Republic has to learn Japan will defend itself to the utmost. When you fail and Japan beats the Peoples navy, your next home will be a prison camp. Your fellow Chinese will put you out with the trash.

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this is not that good movement it should better to give over ishihara about this islands. if the self defense force hit against chinese vessels, china cant bear using their naval forces and it could be a cause of war. JDP only want to use this issue to stop declining its popularity among ppl without thinking of the consequence.

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That was MR Noda's last stand! He has nothing to defend the isles, the trawler incident has exposed Japan's weakness! Paper tiger!

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The national security advisor of US Thomas E. Donilon has visited Beijiang to meet Chinese leaders Hu JinaTao in a very very low key than any US security advisor in the past 40 years! It is very obivous their talks were smooth and nothing tough over the south China sea, Senkaku isles soverignity disputes! It is definately a disappointing news for Mr Noda ! The SDF protecting Japan is a myth,indeed it was the leaders of Beijiang holds all the power in asia!

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Do it, and do it with enough ships so there's no ambiguity in the message.....

Remember whose submarine stalking behind the US carrier group back in 06? That was the true ambiguity message.

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circling the wagons...

circling the "islands"

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Bravo Noda!! Not a better time to go for a war against China when your countrymen are already suffering so much

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@Waxman: Noda and the nation of Japan has 'NO SAY' with her SDF operations! Never!

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I wish the SDF were capable of doing so, but I'm not sure the People's Liberation Army is quaking in its boots at the moment. My experience with SDF has not given me confidence.

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warnerbro, they have to get across the ocean. What will they do swim? Before the Red Chinese can do a thing they need control of the air and sea. My message to the Chinese "You can draw when ready pardner"

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@justabiggay, the sub that was following the carrier was no surprise and was closely monitored. One wrong move and it would suddenly have vanished into the depths with no fanfare. Don't be such a stooge.

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warnerbroJul. 27, 2012 - 11:33PM JST

I wish the SDF were capable of doing so, but I'm not sure the People's Liberation Army is quaking in its boots at the moment. My experience with SDF has not given me confidence.

By deploying the SDF they are exercising the joint defense treaty, and it's equivalent to the US navy going to the islands. Would be a sad fate for those on the front line though.

It's actually a politically brilliant move for reasons they probably didn't think of, like how if anything should happen to those islands, they have a reason to kick the US out of the country, as well as forcing china's hand before they have the ability to mount an actual attack (by that I mean send ships and land without interference, which would require at least a half dozen of their larger vessels.)

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Chinese vessels have been spotted in Japanese territorial waters on numerous occasions this year Sure, these attempts were backed by sufficient power from China, the nuclear one!

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You know why the Chinese vessels were free to go in and out of Senkaku isles, because the entire Japan is within China's ballistic projectile's range, there is defintaely no need to aware the SDF or JCG whatsoever, the US navy 7th fleet were no where to challenge China over this!

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Noda said that the Japanese government will make every effort to avert any crises through diplomatic efforts.

Itis too late, in China those languages were interpreted as 'war declaring'! And there is passed the point of no return!

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@justabiggay Dial back the nonsense. PRCs ships are closely monitored and contained. In the blink of an eye, they could all be sent to the bottom. Any ICBM would be neutralized even before it left PRCs airspace or redirected to Peking.

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Freaking about time Japan did what it the right thing to do. All asian nations being pressured by China need to stand up to the big bully on the block. It's the only language that bullies understand.

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Justabiggai, try not to forget that the PLANavy is still trying to "catch up" to the United States. In both equipment and sheer experience it is no match for the USN and no one knows this better than that PLAN admirals. You're warmongering posts against Japan and the US are both ridiculous and distasteful.

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@herve NmnEisa...The Chinese navy has more than 70000 sea mines prepared to use, not just for blockcade of Taiwan but also the south China sea, the east sea as well and if any navies who attempted your so called 'closely monitored and contained' PRC ships is really a death wish when they are 'peeping'!

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