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GSDF conduct live fire drills near Mt Fuji

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Japan's Ground Self Defense Forces on Thursday began four days of live-fire drills at training grounds in Gotemba, Shizuoka Prefecture.

The annual exercise, held since 1961, comes as the government moves to expand the role of the military and boost the defense budget.

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A Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Type 16 Maneuver Combat Vehicle fires during an annual training session near Mount Fuji at Higashifuji training field in Gotemba on Thursday. Photo: REUTERS/Issei Kato

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A Ground Self Defense Force Type 10 tank fires during an annual training session near Mount Fuji at Higashifuji training field in Gotemba on Thursday. Photo: REUTERS/Issei Kato

Held against the backdrop of Mt Fuji, about 2,400 soldiers took part in the exercise with about 80 tanks and armoured vehicles as well as 60 field guns and 20 helicopters.

A wide array of aircraft, artillery, tanks and helicopters fired on targets. Ground personnel fired artillery, with helicopters flying overhead.

The exercises are the biggest event staged by the Self-Defense Forces each year. Members of the public, chosen by lottery, are invited to watch the drills.

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Ground Self-Defense Force personnel fire a FH70 155mm howitzer during an annual training session near Mount Fuji at Higashifuji training field in Gotemba on Thursday. Photo: REUTERS/Issei Kato

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Visitors watch the Ground Self-Defense Force's annual training session near Mount Fuji at Higashifuji training field in Gotemba on Thursday. Photo: REUTERS/Issei Kato
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Been invited to this many times but it must be so hot there. Who in their right minds schedules something like this in August?

The old saying “Only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun” seems to apply here.

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How embarrassing they take the beautiful scenery of Mt. Fuji to make mock battles.

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smith....

East Fuji has been a military training ground since the Meiji era and was administered by the US during the GHQ years. The terrain and loose volcanic gravel are unsuitable for agriculture or urbanization, and the land owners make money off leases.

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Look at that beatiful white phosphorus. Ohh forgot to tell you its an internationaly out lawed weapon. Google pics to see why its been banned by the world. Try not to be sick.

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A single nuke is worth more than 1000 such fire drills.

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@ben

Ohh forgot to tell you its an internationaly out lawed weapon. Google pics to see why its been banned by the world.

Not exactly. There's a 1980 convention prohibiting the use of incendiary weapons, but it only applies in either civilian or heavily forested areas. There's no general prohibition on using white phosphorus, and using it to create a smoke screen (as in the photo) is explicitly allowed.

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Who in their right minds schedules something like this in August?

The enemy perhaps.

The JSDF practice all year round in all conditions. In fact, they usually choose the filthiest weather. I can hear their guns from my house. In fact I wrote a poem about it; "Boom, boom boom boom boom"

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Clippers, what’s the second line?

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Good to know that our taxes go to these things rather than social welfare or fighting the tax rates.

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Military drills are necessary to protect one's country.

Protection of your country is more important than a small tax increase or welfare programs. Japanese lives can be at risk by not taking defense/security seriously.

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Absolutely marvellous images. I love the first photo, its better than any hanabi in my mind! I am real jealous of the visitors. Its comforting to know Japan is being defended by these men. Every nation has the right to defend itself.

Thank-you, GSDF, Thank-You!!

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Well done Japan !!..

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"The terrain and loose volcanic gravel are unsuitable for agriculture"

Incorrect; volcanic soil is one the world's most fertile.

I have been to a former Portuguese island (Fogo) now part of the independent Cape Verde Islands; they make one of the world's most delicious coffee & wine(s), albeit in small quantities. All produced on the fertile slops of Mount Fogo, almost 3 Km high. They've recently started exporting small amounts of coffee to Japan, and wine(s) and coffee to the US and EU countries where the Cape-Verdean diaspora resides (check info at will).

Also,

"Volcanic soil is indeed extremely fertile after the decomposition of solid lava by weathering."

https://volcanicbenefitstomankind.weebly.com/volcanic-activity-and-agriculture.html

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"Volcanic soil is indeed extremely fertile after the decomposition of solid lava by weathering."

”Soil” and “decomposition” is what the gravel around the base of Fuji lacks. I used to live literally on the base of mt Fuji, everything higher than Gotemba station is gravel and rocks ranging in size from BB balls to basketballs. Only the most robust plants can grow there.

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How embarrassing they take the beautiful scenery of Mt. Fuji to make mock battles.

Nationalism.

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