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Japan's Self-Defense Forces hold 2 drills a week, with more partners

Tokyo steps up ties with foreign militaries as China keeps building muscle

A French soldier trains in a joint military exercise with Japan and the U.S. in Ebino, Japan, on May 15.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The Japan Self-Defense Forces have averaged two joint drills weekly since January, reaching beyond longtime ally the U.S. to include fellow Quad members Australia and India as well as European nations.

On the other hand, Tokyo has not conducted a drill with South Korea since 2018 as a chill has fallen on relations between the two neighbors.

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