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Japan defense forces train to retake island

The annual Japanese military exercise near Mount Fuji used tanks as part of an effort to retake an "island."

TOKYO -- The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force's annual large-scale live fire drill Sunday near Mount Fuji in Shizuoka Prefecture imagined combined air, sea and land forces retaking a remote island captured by an enemy, an exercise that appeared to have recent Chinese activity around the disputed Senkaku Islands in mind.

About 27,000 people watched the maneuvers, including Defense Minister Tomomi Inada.

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