What forces were raised to intercept the IL-38 is not specified.
In late April, the Joint Headquarters reported on the appearance of two long-range Russian anti-submarine aircraft Tu-142, which flew over the Sea of Japan. In this case, the airspace of Japan was also not violated.
As recalled RIA "News"Recently, the emergence of Russian aircraft near Japan has been methodically marked by the United Self-Defense Forces Joint Headquarters.
In February, 2012 of the year circled over Japanese airspace with five Russian Air Force aircraft at once caused considerable excitement from Japan and South Korea. In the sky were raised 13 fighters. The Japanese called the Russian Tu phenomenon "unprecedented."
The Russian Defense Ministry then noticed that the planes did not violate anything. Two strategic bomber-bomber Tu-95MS command of the Far aviation successfully completed the tasks of the air patrol plan.