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    An estimated 30,000 Japanese and foreign spectators watched a parade in Tokyo on Sunday (1 November) marking the twentieth anniversary of Japan's Self-Defence Forces.

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    An estimated 30,000 Japanese and foreign spectators watched a parade in Tokyo on Sunday (1 November) marking the twentieth anniversary of Japan's Self-Defence Forces. Prime Minister Eisaku Sato saw the parade from the special stand, and with him was Defence Minister Yasushiro Nakasone.

    Some 4,800 men and women of the land, sea and air forces participated in the parade, which included a fly-past of fighter aircraft and a display of armoured vehicles and anti-aircraft missiles.

    Although the three services took part in Sunday's parade, only the 149,000-men ground force is in fact twenty years old. The Japanese air force was established in 1950 as a virtual police reserve and the navy was reintroduced in 1952.

    According to the Japanese Defence Minister, the country's military forces now have 258,000 men who, it is believed, would be able to handle the bulk of the task impose by any invasion. Prime Minister Sato said additional military requirements would be provided by the Americans under the joint United States-Japan security treaty which was extended last June.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6JCH6XZLZZOJG88EL54J3F09B
    Media URN:
    VLVA6JCH6XZLZZOJG88EL54J3F09B
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/11/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:28:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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