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Japanese PM emphasizes importance of Self-Defense Forces


07:45, October 15, 2012

TOKYO, Oct. 14 (Xinhua) -- Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda emphasized the importance of Japan's Self-Defense Force (SDF) on Sunday during his fleets inspection, saying that the role of SDF is increasing following emerging territory issues.

"Various developments over territory and sovereignty have been arising," Noda said in Sagami Bay off Kanagawa Prefecture on the Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) escort ship Kurama. "In the new era, the roles of the SDF have become increasingly important," local media reported.

Forty-five vessels participated in the event including ships from the United States, Australia and Singapore navies. It was the first participation of foreign ships in the MSDF fleet review since 2002, media reported.

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Stupid mr Noda. You are not the only concerned with SDF. What do you think the PLAN is doing also? If you - Japan - go to war on the Diaoyus, you are violating your consitution. There is nothing for you defend here. In fact, you will be pursuing an act of aggression trying to to occupy other Chinese territory.

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