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Japan, US, France joint military drills set for Kyushu in May

SDF strengthens ties with European peers to counter China's rise

Ground Self Defense Force troops train in Kyushu in 2018: Japan's Self Defense Forces aim to bolster their ability to defend remote islands, such as the Senkaku Islands.

TOKYO -- Japan's defense minister, Nobuo Kishi, announced at a news conference on Friday that Japan, the U.S. and France will conduct joint military drills on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu in May.

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