Japan says its forces carrying out only routine surveillance

TOKYO Thu Sep 20, 2012 2:37am EDT

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TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's armed forces are not engaged in any unusual or extraordinary activities beyond routine surveillance, a defense ministry spokesman said on Thursday.

"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.

(Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka; Writing by Tomasz Janowski; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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