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Tuesday, 28 February 2012 - 12:59
Japan cabinet bills seek to strengthen coast guard
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Japan's cabinet has approved bills to enhance the law enforcement powers of the coast guard in territorial waters.

The coast guard would be able to investigate illegal landings on islands and have more powers to eject ships.

Officials aim to have the bills passed in the current parliament session.

The move comes amid growing Chinese assertiveness over its maritime claims, which have sparked tensions with a number of countries.

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