Japan scrambled fighter jets against aircraft approaching its airspace 1,004 times in fiscal 2021, up from 725 a year earlier and hitting the second-highest level on record, amid increased Chinese intelligence activities, the Defense Ministry said Friday.
The figure for scrambles by Air Self-Defense Force jets in the year through March trailed only the 1,168 cases in fiscal 2016, the record high since Japan began releasing comparable data in fiscal 1958.
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