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Japan, US fighter jets stage joint drill after N. Korea's missile launch

A joint drill between the Air Self-Defense Force and U.S. forces is conducted west of the Kyushu region on Oct. 4, 2022. (Photo courtesy of the Defense Ministry's Joint Staff)

TOKYO -- Japan's Ministry of Defense conducted a joint drill on Oct. 4 between the Air Self-Defense Force (ASDF) and United States Forces Japan over the sea off the western Kyushu region.

    A total of 12 fighters from both sides participated. It is believed that the drill was intended to hold North Korea in check after it launched a missile that passed over the Japanese archipelago earlier the same day.

    The ASDF participated with four F-15 fighters from Nyutabaru Air Base in Miyazaki Prefecture and four F-2 fighters from Tsuiki Air Base in Fukuoka Prefecture, while the U.S. military dispatched four F-35B stealth fighters from Iwakuni Air Base in Yamaguchi Prefecture.

    (Japanese original by Toshiaki Uchihashi, Tokyo City News Department)

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