The Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) has held a live-fire drill at the foot of Mount Fuji in central Japan. The exercise assumed for the first time that a remote Japanese island was under attack.
The GSDF held the annual live-fire drills on Sunday at the Higashi-Fuji training camp. This year's exercises were based on the scenario of enemy forces maneuvering warships.
The GSDF personnel carried out the operation while communicating with the Maritime Self-Defense Force in P3C aircraft. This type of plane is usually deployed for aerial surveillance of Japan's maritime territory.
GSDF tank and artillery units fired shells as part of the simulation.
The GSDF says the defense of Japan's islands is becoming increasingly important. It says it did not have any specific area in mind for the drill.