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Japan begins annual military drill

08-24-2010 19:08 BJT

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Japan's Ground Self-Defense Forces have embarked on an annual drill to demonstrate their military readiness.

The maneuver, dubbed the "Fire Power 2010 In Fuji", took place at the foot of Mount Fuji in Gotenba city on Tuesday, some 100 kilometers west of Tokyo. More than 2-thousand military personnel participated in the drill, as well as members of the US military and the general public. It involves about 40 tanks and armored vehicles, 30 aircraft including F-2 jet fighters and AH-64D "Apache" helicopters, and 50 canons and missiles. The joint exercise was initiated in 1961, and has developed into an annual event every summer. The 2010 drill is to end on August 29th.

An artillery shoots during a drill held in Gotenba city, Japan, Aug. 24, 2010. Japan's Ground Self-Defense Forces (GSDF) on Tuesday started an annual military exercise at the foot of Mount Fuji in Gotenba city, some 100 kilometers west of Tokyo. More than 2,000 military personnel took part in the drill, dubbed the "Fire Power 2010 In Fuji." The 2010 exercise will end on Aug. 29. (Xinhua/Ji Chunpeng)
An artillery shoots during a drill held in Gotenba city, Japan, Aug. 24, 
2010. Japan's Ground Self-Defense Forces (GSDF) on Tuesday started an 
annual military exercise at the foot of Mount Fuji in Gotenba city, some 
100 kilometers west of Tokyo. More than 2,000 military personnel took part
in the drill, dubbed the "Fire Power 2010 In Fuji." The 2010 exercise will 
end on Aug. 29. (Xinhua/Ji Chunpeng)

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