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The air forces of Japan and the Philippines will hold their first-ever joint exercises next week, Japan’s embassy in Manila said Thursday, in a further sign of deepening defense ties between the two countries.

The air-to-air bilateral training in humanitarian and disaster relief, which Japan’s embassy described as a “significant milestone” for joint defense cooperation, will take place from July 5 to 8 at Clark Air Base, formerly a U.S. military facility in the northern Philippines.

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