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Japan keeps its military aircraft busy

Japan’s military scrambled a record number of jets last year, mostly in response to an increase in approaching Chinese aircraft, the government said on Thursday.

Tokyo ordered its jets to the skies 1,168 times in the fiscal year through March, the Defence Ministry said, with 73% of the missions against aircraft either known to be or believed to originate from China.

“Activities of Chinese jets are on the rise in terms of their frequency, area, and duration,” said Admiral Kawano, head of Japan’s joint chiefs of staff.

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