Japan Holds Military Drills as Tensions in Region Rise

In recent times, Russia and China have commenced military coalition with the purpose of countering the US-led bloc of Japan. The increased naval undertakings of China have turned out to be the most significant worry for Japan and this has forced the capital city of the nation to increase missile and troop deployment defenses across the southern parts of Japan.

The military drills organized by Japan involve around 1,300 troops and amongst them, approximately 550 soldiers are participating in the actual drills. The main intention of this drill will be to improve the speed as well as precision of the soldiers in shooting targets that appear randomly from a 300-meter range. 

Recently, Japan has shifted its emphasis on forces from the northern part to the southern part of the country. There has been a reduction in the number of heavy combat tanks on the island of Hokkaido since defense priorities consist of several tech dimensions such as cyber and outer space. 

However, Hokkaido continues to be a crucial training ground for the military in Japan. The main tank exercise grounds of Japan are in the close vicinity of Mount Fuji besides the northern island. 

A group consisting of 4 tanks fired machine guns and shells at targets intended to represent the missiles of the enemies, armored humans, or automobiles as 100s of fellow soldiers waved the unit flags and cheered on the sidelines. 

According to Fumio Kishida, the PM of Japan, he would be taking into account all the available options including perhaps pursuing preventive striking abilities to boost the defense power of the country, which, as per the opponents breaches the pacifist constitution of Japan.  

Here Is Why the Myanmar Military Initiated a Coup

The Myanmar military initiated a coup on February 1, 2021. This effort gave it control of the government, with leaders detaining hundreds of people. Elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi was among them, and at least three protestors of this event were killed.

This southeast Asian country shares borders with India, China, Bangladesh, Laos, and Thailand. With approximately 54 million people living there, the country gained its independence from Britain in 1948.

Armed forces ruled the country from 1962 until 2011. After the coup, they are in charge again while declaring a 12-month state of emergency.

The Coup Happened After an Electoral Landslide

Myanmar’s armed forces were backing the opposition party to Aung San Suu Kyi. As with the U.S. election, leaders claimed that widespread fraud tainted the result, which saw Kyi win by a landslide.

The coup took place when a new parliament session was about to open, mimicking the insurrection attempt in Washington on January 6.

Military leaders are currently holding Kyi under house arrest. Her charges included “possessing a legal walkie talkie.”

The commander-in-chief for the military, Min Aung Hlaing, has taken power over the country while the military remains in charge.

The Myanmar Coup Has Received International Condemnation

Myanmar had experienced the largest protests in the country since 2007, when thousands of monks confronted the military government at the time.

During this coup effort, the protestors are now bank officers, students, government employees, lawyers, and teachers.

The military is imposing gathering limits and curfews to prevent a continued uprising. Security forces have fired live ammunition at crowds since the successful coup.

Myanmar’s neighbors are calling the coup an “internal” matter. Officials in the United States and the United Kingdom have initiated sanctions against military officials. The UN Security Council has not acted since China blocked a statement that would condemn the actions.