Japan Self-Defense Forces Soldiers participate in a drill with French Soldiers and U.S. Marines at the Kirishima Training Area in Japan’s southern Miyazaki prefecture in mid-May 2021. About 200 troops participated in the joint scenario to defend a remote island from an enemy invasion. “Together we were able to show to the rest of the world our commitment in defending Japanese land, territorial seas and airspace,” then-Japanese Vice Defense Minister Yasuhide Nakayama said.

Photo by: The Associated Press

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