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Russian military planes enter Japanese airspace

Russian military planes, including Backfire bombers, breached Japanese airspace on two occasions Wednesday, Defense Agency officials said.

Four Russian planes, including two Backfire Tu-22 bombers, flew eastward over Japanese territory near Rebun Island, northern Hokkaido, between 11:59 a.m. and 12:02 p.m. Two Backfire planes also flew eastward near the airspace between 2:36 p.m. and 2:39 p.m., the officials said.

The Russian planes flew into airspace above the high seas after fighters from Japan’s Air Self-Defense Force intercepted them. More than a dozen fighters from the ASDF’s Chitose, Misawa and Hyakuri bases in Hokkaido, Aomori and Ibaraki prefectures, were involved.

Another plane flew near Japanese territory west of Aomori Prefecture around noon.