Together for the first time in training, the airforces of Japan and the Philippines will have air-to-air exercises from July 5 to July 8, 2021. The training will take place at Clark Air Base in Pampanga, in the northern part of the Philippines. Japan Embassy said on July 1, 2021, that it would be an important event. Moreover, Maj. Mizuno Masaki, unit commander of the Japanese Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) said, “Japan and the Philippines are both often affected by natural disasters and there are so much we can share on disaster relief operations for saving lives.” C-130H cargo aircraft from the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) will be part of the training. Japan and the Philippines are among the countries involved in the South China Sea issue. In 2013, Japan helped the Philippines when Typhoon Haiyan hit the country and left great damage. Japan has also given the Philippines equipment to improve the patrols in the South China Sea.