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HIROSHIMA (Kyodo) Two destroyers left Kure, Hiroshima Prefecture, on Tuesday to hold their first antipiracy exercise as Japan gears up to join international efforts off Somalia.

The live-fire exercises, which will take place in the Bungo Channel between Shikoku and Kyushu, involve the 4,650-ton Sazanami and 4,550-ton Samidare, according to the Kure District Headquarters of the Maritime Self-Defense Force.

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