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Japanese PM orders Self-Defense Forces fully prepared for emergency

(Xinhua)

16:25, September 11, 2012

TOKYO, Sept. 11 (Xinhua) -- Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda ordered Japan's Self Defense Forces (JSDF) to be fully prepared for any emergency under the complex peripheral security environment at the Ministry of Defense Tuesday morning.

Noda reviewed the guards of honor of JSDF inside the Ministry of Defense, and then attended a senior commander meeting of JSDF, accompanied by the Defense Minister Satoshi Morimoto.

Noda made a speech to about 180 senior commanders of JSDF at the meeting.

In the speech, Noda said the uncertainties over Japan's peripheral security environment rose to the highest level as the military activity of surrounding countries, including Democratic People's Republic of Korea, China and Russia, became more active, thus JSDF should monitor and analyze the countries closely.

He particularly mentioned that China has been increasingly active in surrounding seas.

The Japanese government has exchanged the official contract on the purchase of Diaoyu Islands with Kurihara family whom the Japanese side called "the private owner" Tuesday morning, despite strong protest from China.

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