Against the backdrop of Mt.Fuji Japan SDF starts 3days of live fire drills
 Source : NewsBharati  Date : 24-Aug-2017

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.

Japan SDF is holding the drill against the backdrop of Mount Fuji. 2,400 soldiers, as well as 80 tanks, 20field guns, 
and 60 helicopters, were deployed at training grounds. The drill is aimed at to prepare Japan's Self-Defence Forces to resist an attack on remote islands.

"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.