According to the ministry, the JDS Kuroshio, with a full crew of 80, will arrive in the area where the exercise is being staged accompanied by three Izumo-class Japanese helicopter destroyers by September 21.
In August, Japan said in its white book on defense that China had been undertaking extensive efforts to enhance its military capabilities and expanding the area of its aerial and maritime military operations, particularly in the East China Sea and the South China Sea.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry, in turn, called Japan's claims about China's military buildup groundless and irresponsible.
Japan claims it has possessed the islands since 1895, while Beijing recalls that Japanese maps made in 1783 and 1785 pictured the islands as belonging to China. After World War II, the islands were controlled by the United States until Washington returned them to Japan in 1972. Taiwan and mainland China still believe that Tokyo maintains control over the islands illegally.