An aerial view of Mageshima island, which the Japanese government has bought. Photo: Wikipedia

Japan buys Mageshima island for US$146 million to conduct military drills with US

  • Planned development reflects Tokyo’s revised security doctrine and determination to protect scattered islands off its most southerly prefecture
  • New base could be used to defend the Diaoyu Islands, which are known in Japan as the Senkakus and are the focus of a territorial dispute with China
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An aerial view of Mageshima island, which the Japanese government has bought. Photo: Wikipedia
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Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall never expected to still be in Japan 24 years after he first arrived, but he quickly realised its advantages over his native London. He lives in Yokohama with his wife and children and writes for publications around the world.