You don't see too many of these choppers in Japan as they are usually much more common in oilfield and offshore operations of that nature, of which Japan has none.
The Japan Coastguard uses them though and I think they are the only user in the country.
It's a big helicopter. I flew in the British Army Pumas a few times. But the AS-332L1 Super Puma is a much bigger beast.
...as was the lens I shot this on: the lovely HC 300mm f/4.5 Hasselblad lens, mounted on my H4D-40.
This is a full crop of the shot and a crop into the chopper at 100%. It's a sharp lens. Beautiful to use. Not light but very well balanced.
This was shot at f/6.3, 200ISO and about 1/500th sec.
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