Japan GSDF Shows Antiterror Drills with India to Press

Politics

Vairengte, India, Oct. 31 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force and the Indian army invited members of the press to observe their joint antiterror exercises over two days through Thursday at a military training facility in Vairengte in the northeastern Indian state of Mizoram.

Japan and India share the vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific region, which is apparently aimed at keeping China's expansion in check.

GSDF Chief of Staff Gen. Goro Yuasa inspected the training, the second of its kind, in the hope of strengthening ties with the Indian side. He is the first GSDF leader to do so. The Japan-India antiterror drills started last year.

A GSDF unit in charge of protecting the Tokyo metropolitan area is taking part in the ongoing exercises, which kicked off in mid-October, in the run-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

Invited journalists watched the GSDF and the Indian army training under a scenario of an armed group taking hostages and barricading itself in a jungle facility. A total of some 50 troops from the two sides shared information, created an operation plan, and practiced blowing the door off the facility, entering the structure and rescuing the hostages. They also conducted live-fire exercises.

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