Japan sub makes first call to Philippines in 15 years amid China tensions

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By Peter Blaza SUBIC BAY, Philippines (Reuters) - A Japanese submarine made a port call in the Philippines, the first in 15 years, on Sunday in a show of growing military cooperation amid tension triggered by China's growing assertiveness in the South China Sea. "This is just an exercise and the main objective is to train the officers," Captain Hiraoki Yoshino of Japan's Maritime Self-Defence Force told reporters. "We don't have any message to any country," he said, adding the ship visits were aimed at boosting confidence between the Japan and the Philippines.