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Japan GSDF live-fire training not to be open to public

  • April 5, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 5:03 p.m.
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Tokyo, April 5 (Jiji Press)–Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force said Monday that its annual live-fire training in Shizuoka Prefecture, central Japan, will not be open to the public for the second consecutive year in order to prevent the novel coronavirus from spreading further.


Involving tanks, armored vehicles and aircraft, the event at the GSDF’s Higashifuji training ground is one of the largest exercises by the Self-Defense Forces. It usually attracts some 20,000 visitors.


This year’s training, scheduled for May 22, will be open only to related personnel. The GSDF plans to livestream the event online.


The event is usually held in August, but the date has been brought forward in view of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics this summer.


Last year’s training was also moved up to May because the sporting events were originally scheduled for summer 2020. The Olympics and Paralympics were postponed to this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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