Nobuhiro Kubo
Reuters
April 20, 2014

Japan began its first military expansion at the western end of its island chain in more than 40 years on Saturday, breaking ground on a radar station on a tropical island off Taiwan.

A Japanese Air Self-Defence Force Kawasaki C-1.  Credit:  	Toshiro Aoki / Flickr
A Japanese Air Self-Defence Force Kawasaki C-1. Credit: Toshiro Aoki / Flickr

The move risks angering China, locked in a dispute with Japan over nearby islands which they both claim.

Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, who attended a ceremony on Yonaguni island to mark the start of construction, suggested the military presence could be enlarged to other islands in the seas southwest of Japan’s main islands.

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