Gotemba, August 24: Self Defense Force of Japan began three days of live-fire drills on Thursday. The annual exercise is taking place in Gotemba, Shizuoka Prefecture. Amid North Korea tension, Japan government has decided to boost Military and defense sector.
"There are various issues and uncertain factors such as China's forceful attempt to change the status quo in the East and South China Sea areas, North Korea's promotion of ballistic missile development and nuclear weapons and Russia's display of its presence in the Far East," GSDF Chief of Staff General Koji Yamazaki said. "The severity of the security situation surrounding our country... is increasing," he added.
Held since 1961, the exercise is biggest event staged by the country’s Self-Defense Forces. The exercises display Japanese army's hardware as well as demonstrating troop mobilisation strategies.