Japan fighter jets land in Philippines for first time since WWII


Two Japanese fighter jets landed in the Philippines on Tuesday for the first time since World War II, as part of cooperation between Japan’s Air Self-Defense Force and the Philippine Air Force.

The two F-15s arrived at Clark Air Base, where around 60 ASDF members have been taking part in exchanges being held from Nov. 27 to Dec. 11 in a bid to promote mutual understanding and defense cooperation between the forces of the two countries, according to the ASDF.

The fighters’ arrival marked a milestone in the history of defense exchanges between Japan and the Philippines, Lt. Col. Shotaro Arisawa, a squadron commanding officer of the ASDF, said at a ceremony held at the base in Mabalacat, north of Manila, on the main island of Luzon.

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