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Indo-Pacific

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.

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