U.S. urges Japan to deepen involvement in tripartite military cooperation (2)

16:35, December 09, 2010      

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Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution prohibits an act of war by the state and formally renounces war as a sovereign right and bans settlement of international disputes through the use of force.

The article also states that, to accomplish these aims, armed forces with war potential will not be maintained -- and hence Japan has a de facto military called the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF).

Japan and the U.S.'s current military exercises involve 34,000 JSDF personnel with 40 warships and 250 aircraft teaming-up with more than 10,000 U.S. military troops, 20 U.S. warships and 150 aircraft, in activities which are utilizing the nuclear powered USS George Washington as well as Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force's next-generation Aegis-equipped battle ships.

The drills, the largest joint operation between Japan and the U. S. since the annual exercises began a decade ago, have run through responding to ballistic missile attacks on Pacific islands, enhancing base security, close air support practice, live-fire training, maritime defense and search and rescue training activities.

The core of the drills have focused on counter-measures to a potential ballistic missile attack, employing Standard Missile-3 interceptors on both the U.S. and Japanese Aegis destroyers and Patriot Advanced Capability-3 ground-to-air missiles stationed at bases stretching from Hokkaido to Okinawa, the entire length of the country, according to a defense military spokesperson.

Source: Xinhua
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