Japan to propose air defense zones for discussion at UN agency

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NEW YORK: Japan plans to propose taking up the issue of air defense identification zones at the International Civil Aviation Organization as it did last November after China’s declaration of such a zone in the East China Sea over Japan’s Senakaku Islands.

The ICAO, a United Nations (UN) agency working to promote the safety of international civil aviation, on Monday started a council meeting in Montreal, Canada. Japan, the United States and China are among its members sitting on the council.

At its November meeting following China’s ADIZ move, Japanese representative Toshihiro Koda cited concerns about the order and safety of international civil aviation being threatened. China is demanding commercial airlines flying through the zone present flight plans. PNA

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