Sunday, October 14, 2007

Why Japan Needs a (Big) Navy

Wikipedia says that Japan is the sixth largest sovereign state in terms of its exclusive economic zone plus territorial waters. China is less than one-fifth of Japan in this respect.

Not that it makes us feel any more magnanimous about the off-shore gas fields, mind you, but it gives you some idea of what the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Forces and the Japan Coast Guard are up against.

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