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Compare and contrast war games in Japan, Israel and North Korea

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A line of Japan Ground Self-Defense Force tanks flare up a smoke screen during the annual live-firing exercise and demonstration at Higashi Fuji training range in Gotemba, southwest of Tokyo, on August 21, 2012.

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An Israeli soldier is seen in the dust during a military exercise in the Golan Heights, northern Israel, on August 21, 2012. Israeli Armed Forces have been conducting manoeuvers amid rising tensions in the region.

KCNA via Reuters

Members of the Worker-Peasant Red Guards, the civilian forces of North Korea, train in an undisclosed location on August 20, 2012, in this picture released by the official KCNA news agency on August 21, 2012.

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