The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) scrambled its fighter aircraft a total of 561 times in the first half of fiscal year 2017 (FY 2017) in response to foreign military aircraft approaching the country's airspace: a decrease of 5.6% compared with last year’s record-setting figure.
The Ministry of Defense (MoD) in Tokyo said in a statement on 13 October that while there were 33 fewer scrambles than during the first half of the previous FY, the latest figures represent the second-highest total ever recorded in a half year.
The latest announcement by Tokyo comes amid heightened tensions between Japan and some neighbouring countries such as China and Russia over territorial disputes.
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