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Japan Prepares for War with China

Just planning, mind you:

The Ground Self-Defense Force's security plan maps out military responses to Chinese attacks against Japan, although some say such a threat has been exaggerated, The Asahi Shimbun learned over the weekend.

It is the first time that such highly classified scenarios involving China have been brought to light.

There seem to be two main scenarios:
In the first scenario, Japan-China relations deteriorate, or tensions heighten over natural resources in the sea area near the disputed Senkaku islands in the East China Sea. As a result, China sends troops to the Senkaku islands to secure Beijing's interests in the area.

The SDF would respond by sending troops from Kyushu to the main island of Okinawa Prefecture or other islands, such as Ishigakijima, in the prefecture, according to the plan.

The Air Self-Defense Force or the Maritime Self-Defense Force would deal with the Chinese troops who have landed on the Senkaku islands.

GSDF troops would wipe out the remaining Chinese forces and take back the Senkaku islands, according to the plan.

Then there is the more interesting and controversial one:
In the second case, tempers flare between China and Taiwanafter Taipei declares independence. The United States, supported by Japan, intervenes in the dispute, and Chinese military forces attack SDF facilities or U.S. military bases in Japan.

The GSDF would dispatch core troops to the islands south of Okinawa's main island, and send in other forces from Kyushu or Shikoku, depending on the situation.

To deal with possible Chinese guerrilla attacks in urban areas of Japan, the GSDF would transfer troops from Hokkaido to cities under siege, and prepare to dispatch specially trained forces to protect SDF and U.S. bases.

Funny how the convergence of interests (the China threat) has made Japan our best friend in Asia (remember titles like "The Coming War with Japan"?). Interests will do that (this one is still in print, for obvious reasons).

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