• Kyodo


The Self-Defense Forces guarded U.S. and Australian military assets a total of 22 times last year during protection missions under security legislation that took effect in 2016, according to the Defense Ministry.

Amid China’s rising assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific region, the SDF guarded Australian assets for the first time in a protection mission during a joint drill in November, which followed bilateral security talks last year.

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