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Japan, U.S. hold fighter drills after North Korea missile tests

Flight over Sea of Japan meant to 'showcase combined capabilities'

Japanese and U.S. fighter jets conduct a joint exercise above the Sea of Japan on May 25. (Photo courtesy of the Defense Ministry)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan and the United States conducted a joint exercise involving fighter jets over the Sea of Japan, the Defense Ministry said Thursday, a day after North Korea test-fired three ballistic missiles.

The flight of four F-15s from the Japan Air Self-Defense Force's Chitose base in Hokkaido and four F-16s from the U.S. Air Force base in Misawa, Aomori Prefecture, on Wednesday was meant to confirm the two forces' "readiness posture," the ministry said.

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