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These are howitzer guns (foreground) and the Type 88 Surface-To-ship Missile launcher (background) which delivers a 660 kilo bomb (1455 lbs.). This missile system developed in Japan was exhibited during the Japan Ground Self Defense Force's annual live fire exercise at the Higashi Fuji training range in Gotemba, Shizuoka Prefecture. Officially entitled "Fire Power 2007 in Fuji", this sold-out public event held on August 26, 2007 at the base of a cloud obscured Mt. Fuji involved about 2000 military personnel, 60 tanks and armored vehicles and 20 aircraft. Japan spends nearly $40 billion annually on it's defense budget and its growing strength is the topic of much debate. This is due to Japan's political power brokers who want to rearm Japan by revising Article 9 of the constitution, thus changing the pacifist policy of the country. This is of much concern to Japan's Asian neighbors, but is also encouraged by the United States government.
- Torin Boyd 2007 - All rights Reserved
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