Japan, US conduct joint warplane drill

Japanese Defense Ministry has announced that Japan and the United States will conduct a joint warplane drill in northern Japan.

The second regiment from the Japanese Air Self-Defense Forces, along with eight F15 fighters is expected to take part. The US plans to send eight F16 fighters and ninety soldiers. Japan says no live shells will be used during the drill.

Meanwhile, Japanese Land Forces on Hokkaido Island are to launch a two-day landing drill on Monday.

Japan’s Defense Minister, Itsunori Onodera, earlier said Japan would use its Self-Defense Forces if needed to boost Japan’s capability to defend its islands.



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