• Short Summary

    In Japan about thirteen hundred men of the Japanese self-defence forces took part in exercises in the Fuji area, on Tuesday (6 September).

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    In Japan about thirteen hundred men of the Japanese self-defence forces took part in exercises in the Fuji area, on Tuesday (6 September).

    The exercise is held each year and is designed to familiarise students of the Ground Self-defence Force school at Fuji with firepower operations.

    Sixteen aircrafts, including helicopters, two hundred armoured vehicles and forty artillery tanks took part in the exercises, which were held in the Eastern Higashi-Fuji manoeuvres are.

    As well as trainee soldiers from the school, members of the public are allowed to watch the manoeuvres to give them an idea of the state of training of the force and its equipment. On Tuesday, they saw missiles hitting target, and tanks and armoured vehicles carrying out mock attacks.

    Although the Japanese Constitution renounces war and the use of force, it recognises the right of self-defence and allows the maintenance of maritime and air self-defence forces. The United States provides equipment and training staff and also maintains bases on Japanese territory. Military service is voluntary.

    There about 58,000 US military personnel and civilians in the country. The total strength of the self-defence forces was estimated at 235,000 last year. Of these, 153,00 belonged to the army, 39,000 to the navy and 44,000 to the air force, including a force of 5,000 deployed on Okinawa.

    Observers say Japan is taking an increasing interest in its security. While the anti-militarism which emerged from its second world war defeat remains strongly entrenched, all parties represented in Japan's Lower House have now agreed in principle to set up a Parliamentary committee to analyze security questions.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6MH149VLLJQ4H8D3VAD3SCJ9Q
    Media URN:
    VLVA6MH149VLLJQ4H8D3VAD3SCJ9Q
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/09/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:49:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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