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This is the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Fleet Review 2009 held in the waters off the Miura peninsula on October 25, 2009. This is where Sagami Bay meets the entrance of Tokyo Bay and close to the historical port of Yokosuka where both Japan and the US have a significant naval presence. Taking place every three years, this fleet review features the finest in the Japanese naval fleet which is officially called the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF). This display included about 8,000 sailors, 36 warships and three submarines, as well as numerous support aircraft. The JMSDF is primarily confined to defending Japanese coastal waters which is stipulated in Japan's postwar constitution. But more recently it has played an overseas role by supporting US led coalition forces off Afghanistan and defending ships against piracy off the coast of Somalia. However, Japan is now expected to return to a more pacifist role now that the current administration of Prime Minister Yukio Hatayoma and the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) overthrew the conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) from it's is 54 year grip of power in August 2009. The Japanese navy which is viewed as the strongest in Asia is seen as an important regional balance due to China's increasing naval power, as well as regularly monitoring North Korean activity from the Sea of Japan. On hand to witness this event were several high ranking Japanese politicians including PM Hatoyama who was a flown in helicopter, as well as an international cast of VIP that included military heads and embassy officials from around the world.
- Torin Boyd 2009 - All Right Reserved
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