The Japanese Defense Ministry expects that the drones will strengthen surveillance of what is happening at sea in the face of the growing activity of neighboring states.
It is noted that the drones will be located at the US Air Force base Misawa in the north of the main Japanese island of Honshu for five months. In this regard, the Japanese Defense Ministry expects that the drones will allow strengthening surveillance of what is happening at sea in the face of growing activity of neighboring states, Kyodo emphasizes.
Of particular concern to Japan recently is the activity of the Chinese watchdogs in the area of the Senkaku Islands (Diaoyu) in the East China Sea, which are the subject of a territorial dispute between Tokyo and Beijing. The dispute over them escalated after Tokyo announced the purchase of the islands from private owners, Japanese citizens, in September 2012. Since then, Chinese ships have been constantly cruising near the disputed archipelago and making demonstrative calls in its coastal zone.