Japanese warships off Okinawa could soon carry ground troops as Tokyo keeps eyes on Beijing

Japan is considering deploying ground troops aboard Maritime Self-Defence Force warships in waters off the country’s southwest. It would be the latest enhancement of the nation’s capabilities in the region and a clear signal to Beijing that Tokyo will defend its territory, analysts said.Quoting unnamed government sources, the Yomiuri newspaper reported officials had weighed having as many as 300 members of the Ground Self-Defence Force’s (GSDF) Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade operate from…