The Maritime Self-Defense Force plans joint drills with the U.S. Navy's Carl Vinson carrier strike group as it steams toward the Korean Peninsula in a display of military power aimed at deterring the North Korean regime from further missile tests, two sources said.

The MSDF may conduct helicopter landings on each other's ships, as well as communication drills, as the USS Carl Vinson and its escort ships pass through waters close to Japanese territory, the sources said.

"Japan wants to dispatch several destroyers as the Carl Vinson enters the East China Sea," said one of the sources.