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Japan, US plan joint drill in W. Pacific

08-20-2012 09:09 BJT

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According to the Japanese newspaper Sankei Shimbun, Japan and the United States will undertake a joint military exercise in the western Pacific starting Tuesday, which will run through September 26th.

It’s reported that forty of Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force personnel will take part in the exercise with US Marines stationed in Okinawa. The troops will travel 2,000 kilometers on a US naval vessel to Tinian Island, off the coast of the Northern Marianas.

They will use boats and helicopters in their joint landing drill. Experts think the drill is part of Japan’s efforts to boost its capability to defend what Japan calls its remote island territories in the Western Pacific region.


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