Japan’s self-defense forces showed off their firepower at their annual summer military exercise at the foot of Mount Fuji.Tanks, aircraft, and a series of armored vehicles participated in a variety of live fire and combat drills.

Thousands of spectators braved heavy rain to watch the event, and many were impressed by the Japanese army’s display.Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is seeking to bolster the country’s military, ranked 8th in the world.

In its first annual defense review since tensions eased on the Korean peninsula, japan today said North Korea still poses a serious and imminent threat.

Japan’s 2018 defense white paper also took aim at china’s rise as a military power, saying Beijing was sparking “strong security concerns in the region and international community, including japan”.