The Japan Ground Self-Defence Forces’ annual live fire exercise at the Higashi-Fuji firing range in 2020. Photo: Reuters
The Japan Ground Self-Defence Forces’ annual live fire exercise at the Higashi-Fuji firing range in 2020. Photo: Reuters
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Japan sends message to China, US with largest military drill in 30 years

  • As part of the exercise, personnel and vehicles will be moved to the country’s southwest, where areas such as the Diaoyu Islands are seen as at risk of attack
  • Analysts say this will give Japan some much-needed logistical experience, while signalling to rival Beijing and ally Washington that it is ready to protect itself

The Japan Ground Self-Defence Forces’ annual live fire exercise at the Higashi-Fuji firing range in 2020. Photo: Reuters
The Japan Ground Self-Defence Forces’ annual live fire exercise at the Higashi-Fuji firing range in 2020. Photo: Reuters
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