will develop a new land-to-sea missile as part of plans to beef up its
defence of remote southern islands, as tensions with China increase over
the disputed territory, a report said Sunday (Aug 14).
The two countries are locked in a long-running dispute over the
uninhabited islets known as the Senkaku in Japan and the Diaoyu in
The report comes after repeated protests by Japanese foreign ministry
officials over what Tokyo calls "intrusions" by Chinese ships in the
territorial and contiguous waters of the rocky islands.
Tokyo plans to deploy the weapon, which reportedly will have a range of
300 kilometres on islands such as Miyako in Okinawa prefecture, the
top-selling Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper said, without citing sources.