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Japan military holds live fire drills near Mount Fuji; see pics

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Thu August 24 2017, 1:53 pm
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    Japan Self Defense Forces (SDF) began four days of live-fire drills near Mount Fuji, an annual exercise that comes this year the day after North Korea test-fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile. Tanks, artillery and hundreds of troops took part in the live-fire drills. Around 2,400 soldiers, tanks, field guns and helicopters were deployed at the Higashi-Fuji firing range in Gotemba, some 80km west of Tokyo, according to an AFP report. The drill came as North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un hailed his country's latest weapons test the "greatest success".

    Take a look on how the Japan military holds the live-fire drills:

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    Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Type-10 tank fires its gun at a target during an annual live firing exercise at Higashi Fuji range in Gotemba, southwest of Tokyo. (AP Photo)

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    Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers descend from a helicopter with ropes. (Image: Reuters)

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    Japan Ground Self-Defense Force members fire a 203mm gun at a target during an annual live firing exercise at Higashi Fuji range in Gotemba, southwest of Tokyo. (AP Photo)

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    Japan Ground Self-Defense Force troops of a 203mm gun maneuver during an annual live firing exercise at Higashi Fuji range in Gotemba, southwest of Tokyo. (AP Photo)

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    Japan Ground Self-Defense Forces new assault amphibious vehicle makes a sudden stop during an annual live firing exercise at Higashi Fuji range in Gotemba, southwest of Tokyo. (AP Photo)

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    Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force tanks and other armoured vehicles take part in an annual training session near Mount Fuji at Higashifuji training field in Gotemba, west of Tokyo. (Image: Reuters)

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    Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers take part in an annual training session at Higashifuji training field in Gotemba, west of Tokyo. (Image: Reuters)

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    Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force tanks and other armoured vehicles take part in an annual training session near Mount Fuji at Higashifuji training field in Gotemba, west of Tokyo. (Image: Reuters)

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    Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force tanks take part in an annual training session with Mount Fuji in the background at Higashifuji training field in Gotemba, west of Tokyo. (Image: Reuters)

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    Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers take part in an annual training session at Higashifuji training field in Gotemba, west of Tokyo. (Image: Reuters)

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    Troops of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force launch an anti-tank rocket during an annual live firing exercise at Higashi Fuji range in Gotemba, southwest of Tokyo. (AP Photo)

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    A Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force's Type 87 self-propelled anti-aircraft gun takes part in an annual training session at Higashifuji training field in Gotemba, west of Tokyo. (Image: Reuters)

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    Japan Ground Self-Defense Forces members launch a mortar during an annual live firing exercise at Higashi Fuji range in Gotemba, southwest of Tokyo. (AP Photo)

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    Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force airborne soldiers land with a parachute during an annual training session, with Mount Fuji in the background, at Higashifuji training field in Gotemba, west of Tokyo. (Image: Reuters)

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