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Japan says its forces carrying out only routine surveillance

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Sep. 20, 2012 09:33
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A small group of Chinese protesters march while shouting anti-Japan slogans in front of the Japanese Consulate General in Shanghai, China, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012.
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TOKYO - Japan's armed forces are not engaged in any unusual or extraordinary activities beyond routine surveillance, a defence ministry spokesman said on Thursday, Sept. 20.

"We are not doing anything beyond routine surveillance activities," the spokesman said in response to a Reuters query.

Currency markets moved following a media report suggesting that China's military was on heightened alert because of tension over a disputed island chain.

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