The American media? Not so much.
So what is this news I speak of? As reported by all three above sources, the Japanese government has authorized 500-600 troops of the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Forces to be permanently stationed on the westernmost islands by the end of Fiscal Year 2022.
Specifically, Japanese forces will man anti-aircraft and anti-ship missile batteries on Ishigaki Island.
Keep in mind that the Taiwanese capital city of Taipei is 1,300 miles from Tokyo, but Ishigaki is a mere 180 miles from the Taiwan northern coast. Undoubtedly, the Taiwanese are breathing a sigh of relief, especially with the Communist Chinese saber-rattling and still threatening to invade.
As reported by VOAnews.com;
An annual Japanese defense white paper in mid-July calls Taiwan important to domestic and international security for the first time, and it adds that “it is necessary that [Japan] pay close attention to the situation with a sense of crisis more than ever before.”
“It would not be too much to say that it could relate to a survival-threatening situation” if Taiwan ran into trouble, [Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro] Aso said, as quoted by Kyodo.
Japanese State Minister of Defense Yasuhide Nakayama last month warned during a think tank speech that Sino-Russian collaboration could pose a threat and advised protecting Taiwan “as a democratic country.”
Not only armed with one of the most technologically advanced conventional militaries on Earth, there have been rumors that Japan has “a nuclear bomb in the basement.” In a 2016 report by the Atomic Heritage Foundation;
As recently as 2014, anonymous statements from government officials confirm that Japan has “a bomb in the basement,” i.e. the capability to produce a nuclear weapon in a short space of time.