Japan’s Self Defence Forces held their annual
live-fire exercise on Sunday in Shizuoka prefecture, central Japan. According to NHK, around two-and-a-half thousand
soldiers took part in the drill, which also involved 20 aircraft, including F-2 fighter
jets, artillery and 80 vehicles. And for the first time, Tokyo unveiled its
Assault Amphibious Vehicles, designed for assaults on shorelines and the transportation
of both naval infantry and cargo. The drill was carried out under the scenario
of the combined forces retaking a remote island captured by an enemy.