Japan May Conduct South China Sea Patrols, Says Military Chief

Japan’s top military commander, Admiral Katsutoshi Kawano, said on Thursday he expected China to become increasingly assertive in the South China Sea and it was possible Japan would conduct patrols and surveillance activities there in the future. Speaking in Washington, Kawano said there had been “talk” of Japan conducting such patrols in the South China Sea, including anti-submarine activities. Kawano earlier met with his US counterpart, General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and, according to a joint statement, discussed implementation of updated bilateral defense guidelines agreed this year.