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Japan Holds Large-Scale Drills for 1st Time Since 1993 Amid Chinese Assertivenesson September 15, 2021 at 7:49 pm

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Japan has started a nationwide full-scale military drill on Wednesday for the first time in nearly 30 years as it aims to enforce its capabilities to defend remote islands amid China’s assertive actions in the Indo-Pacific. “In order to respond effectively to various situations, including attacks on the islands, it is essential that the necessary forces are deployed quickly and extensively, depending on the situation,” said Nobuo Kishi, the country’s minister of defense, Tokyo-based news agency Kyodo News reported. “In an increasingly uncertain security environment, the focus of our work will be on operational readiness,” the official added. The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) announced that the military exercise will involve all units and will be carried out until mid-to-late November. The drills will include around 100,000 personnel, 20,000 vehicles, and 120 aircraft, the network reported. A total of 12,000 military members and nearly 4,000 vehicles from two GSDF divisions based …

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