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About 160 U.S. Marines stationed in Okinawa Prefecture began live-fire drills Saturday at the Ground Self-Defense Force’s Kitafuji artillery range in Yamanashi Prefecture, Defense Agency officials said.

The marines used 155-mm howitzers in the drills, which are scheduled to continue until Nov. 12, four days before the conclusion of a comprehensive exercise at the range, the officials said. The live firing of artillery was approved to take place from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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