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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