Saturday morning’s Nikkei and Sankei wrote that the Ministry of Defense announced on Aug. 25 that the ASDF will conduct drills involving the PAC-3 missile interceptor system at U.S. military bases in Yokota and Iwakuni on Aug. 29 and at Misawa on Sept. 7. According to the ministry, this will be the first time for Japan to carry out such training at U.S. bases. The ASDF will practice moving the system from its nearby bases to the U.S. bases. The papers wrote that the planned exercises are intended to demonstrate U.S.-Japan coordination against the threat posed by North Korea. Defense Minister Onodera told reporters that the drills will contribute to further strengthening the U.S.-Japan alliance.