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Japan and the United States are planning to hold a joint drill using U.S. MV-22 Osprey aircraft deployed at U.S. Marine Corps’ Futenma Air Station in Okinawa in Niigata and Gunma prefectures in February and March, a government source said Wednesday.

The joint exercise is aimed at boosting defense capabilities for remote islands such as the Senkaku chain, the uninhabited islets in the East China Sea also claimed by both China and Taiwan.

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