Japan’s new island army base makes locals feel like ‘targets for attack’

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The Japan Ground Self Defence Force opened its newest army base on the tiny island of Miyako in the country's far south. Fringed with coral reefs and covered in sugar cane, Miyako, with its two airports and large port, is a key frontline outpost for Japan. It is around 400km (249 miles) from Taiwan and only 200km (124 miles) from uninhabited islands in the East China Sea that are the focal point of an intensifying territorial dispute with China. The tension comes as Miyako and the rest of Okinawa on Sunday, May 15, 2022, mark 50 years since the United States handed the islands back to Japan, a pivotal moment in its return to normality after World War II.

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