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Japan’s army forces launch annual live-fire drills

18 August 2015 16:44

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Japanese military forces have launched four-day live-fire drills near Mount Fuji as Tokyo seeks to expand the role of the army.

Some 2,300 soldiers joined the annual exercises which began on Tuesday, with some 80 tanks and armored vehicles as well as 60 field guns and 20 helicopters deployed in an area 80 kilometers (50 miles) west of the capital city.

Ground troops fired artillery rounds near Japan’s highest mountain, with helicopters flying overhead.

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