Japan to Boost Island Defense Under New Plan, Yomiuri Reports

Nov. 22 (Bloomberg) -- Japan will add refueling planes and expand its fleet of high-speed warships to boost the security of its remote islands, the Yomiuri newspaper said, as the nation squares off with China over islands that both sides claim.

* Japan will at least double number of refueling planes from

the current four so aircraft can stay in the air longer

while patrolling around distant islands, the newspaper said * Country also plans to introduce smaller warships that can

maneuver better, the Yomiuri said, without saying where it

got the information * Changes, which the Yomiuri said will be included in a new

10-year defense plan to be announced next month, reflect a

broader strategic shift by Japan as China expands its

military power and the two nations challenge each other over

the East China Sea islands, called Senkaku in Japan and

Diaoyu in China * Prime Minister Shinzo Abe increased the defense budget in

2013 for the first time in 11 years

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