Japan officially opens military base on Yonaguni island with 150 military members along with a radar system

Yanaguni Island where 150 Japanese self-defense forces have been stationed as a well as a forward operating radar site.

Yonaguni Island where 150 Japanese self-defense forces have been stationed as a well as a forward operating radar site.

In a post yesterday, I attempted to provide more information and news that Japan is heading towards war potentially with North Korea and China based on Japan being locked into the central banking model tied to Keynesian economics. The escalation by gradual provocation continues as Japan’s military turned on a radar system on the Yonaguni island to detect Chinese military encroachment into the area around the disputed island chain. The location of the Yonaguni island is 150 kilometers south of the Senkaku islands further extending Japan’s reach. This will undoubtedly only irritate China in which China will react in kind with something equally provocative towards Japan. The military escalation between China and Japan will continue with Japan recently contracting to purchase three Boeing KC-46A refueling aircraft to extend Japan’s aircraft fighter capability¬† into the region. Last January, 2016 Japan introduced its newest 5th generation of fighter technology by introducing the X-2 fighter although years away from serial production. While in China the government and its military there just purchased Russian-manufactured Su-35 fighters.

Source: theguardian

Japan extends military reach in disputed East China Sea

Beijing likely to be ‘irritated’ by Japan’s opening of radar station on Yonaguni island just 150km south of disputed island chain

Members of Japan’s military take part in the opening ceremony at the new base on Yonaguni island. Photograph: Reuters/Kyodo

28 March 2016

Japan has switched on a radar station in the East China Sea, giving it a permanent intelligence-gathering post close to Taiwan and a group of disputed islands, in a move that will antagonise Beijing.

The new base on the island of Yonaguni is at the western extreme of a string of Japanese islands in the East China Sea, 150km (90 miles) south of the disputed islands known as the Senkaku islands in Japan and the Diaoyu in China.

China has long claimed most of the South China Sea, though some areas are also claimed by Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei. Japan has been mired for many years in a territorial dispute with China over the East China Sea islands.

“Until yesterday, there was no coastal observation unit west of the main Okinawa island. It was a vacuum we needed to fill,” said Daigo Shiomitsu, a lieutenant colonel who commands the new base on Yonaguni. “It means we can keep watch on territory surrounding Japan and respond to all situations.”

Shiomitsu on Monday attended a ceremony at the base with 160 military personnel and about 50 dignitaries. Construction of some buildings, which feature white walls and traditional Okinawan red-tiled roofs, is still unfinished.

The 30 sq km (11 sq mile) island is home to 1,500 people, who mostly raise cattle and grow sugar cane. The base contingent and family members will increase the population by a fifth.

“This radar station is going to irritate China,” said Nozomu Yoshitomi, a professor at Nihon University and a retired major general in the Japanese military.

In addition to being a listening post, the facility could be used a base for military operations in the region, he added.