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Japan-U.S. First Joint Military Maneuver Under New Law

Tokyo, Nov 7 — The armed forces of Japan and the United States began today their first joint military maneuvers under Japan’s new legislation allowing their troops to fight abroad. The maneuvers, which will last until Wednesday, integrate some 25,000 soldiers from the Japan Self-Defense Forces and 11,000 Americans into Keen Sword, the joint operation conducted each year by both countries. However, this is the first time that the troops will simulate a rescue operation of an American plane shot down in a conflict abroad, the Japanese Ministry of Defense reported. The two armies started their drills in the waters between…

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