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October, 23, 2016, Asaka, Saitama Prefecture, Japan: Missile defense units including Patriot and SAM missile systems parade their hardware during an annual military review held at the Asaka Training Area, a JSDF base on the outskirts of Tokyo. These units have become ever so important now that North Korea has been developing long range missile capabilities and threatening Japan. During this event, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, top ranking Japanese military brass and international dignitaries were in attendance to view Japan's military might. This included 4000 troops, 27 divisions, 280 vehicles and artillery, plus 50 aircraft of the Ground, Air, and Maritime branches of the JSDF. (Torin Boyd/Polaris).
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- Annual Japanese military parade 10/23/2016