The largest postwar military maneuvers by the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force and the Air Force opened at the Shimamatsu training ground in Hokkaido October 17.
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Background: The largest postwar military maneuvers by the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force and the Air Force opened at the Shimamatsu training ground in Hokkaido October 17.
The one-week maneuvers were participated in by from Narashino, Chiba Prefecture which is located in the neighbourhood of Tokyo.
They will be carried out in various parts of Hokkaido.
On the first day, some 190 paratroopers from the Narashino Air Force descended from six C-46 planes with their equipment including machine guns and bazookas.
Some 500 soldiers protected by 37 M-4 armoured cars attacked the paratroopers for about one hour as though in real battles.
Later the armoured cars spitted a volley of gunfire before a large number of spectators who gathered from various parts of Hokkaido to witness the drills.
In the maneuvers all kinds of modern arms were used by the participating ground and air forces.
As is already known Japan has three different forces, ground, air and maritime forces for the defense of the country from any aggression.