. On Japan’s Yonaguni island, fears of being on the front line of a Taiwan conflict « JO LEE MAGAZINE

NPR/Yonaguni, Japan’s most westerly island, can feel like a peaceful paradise — it is covered in tropical forests and hammerhead sharks glide through its azure waters.

But there is trouble on the horizon. Almost 70 miles away lies the island of Taiwan — the self-governing democracy which once again finds itself in the headlines.

On Thursday, six Chinese ballistic missiles landed in water near Japan’s southwestern islands, one of them near Yonaguni and five others within Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone, according to the Japanese authorities.

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