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U.S. and Japan hold joint drills after North Korea missile launch

Washington also conducts precision bombing exercise with South Korea

American and Japanese fighter jets participated in the exercise Tuesday over the Sea of Japan. (Photo courtesy of Japan's Ministry of Defense)

TOKYO -- Japanese and U.S. fighter jets conducted bilateral exercises on Tuesday, Japan's Defense Ministry said, after North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan for the first time in five years.

Four F-15 fighters from the Air Self-Defense Force's Nyutabaru Air Base, four F-2s from the ASDF's Tsuiki Air Base, and four U.S. F-35Bs stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni participated in the drills over the Sea of Japan, west of Kyushu.

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