Japanese troops train at Camp Pendleton for island defense

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    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lan...s-of-camp-pendleton-in-operation-iron-fi.html

    Japanese troops from the Western Area Infantry Regiment are assaulting the green hills of Camp Pendleton in operation Iron Fist.

    For a month, about 200 Japanese troops are training with Marines -- leading to a “final exam” where together they will launch a mock amphibious assault against a common enemy.

    “Both sides are teaching and learning from each other,” said Marine Col. Michael Hudson, commander of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

    This is not the first time Japan has sent troops here for training, but this year’s exercise appears larger, more militarily robust. Tanks are being used for the first time.

    Japan’s latest defense policy calls for a new concept, called “dynamic proactive defense,” said Akihisa Nagashima, lower house member of the Democratic Party of Japan and former parliamentary vice minister of defense.

    Japanese troops, he said, will need to be “mobile, flexible and ready to respond quickly” -- the kinds of skills that Marines are known for. More training exercises with Marines are likely, Nagashima said.

    Although Japan’s Cold War strategy focused on the Hokkaido region of northern Japan, the new policy includes a greater focus on the South China Sea and the western Pacific, including sending troops to Japan’s southernmost island of Yonaguni to “reclaim control of any island should the need arise,” Nagashima said.

    Japan’s post-World War II reluctance to develop a military is waning in light of increased tension with North Korea and China, said Ellis Krauss, professor and Japan expert at the graduate school of international relations and Pacific studies at UC San Diego.

    The amphibious assault training, Krauss said, is most likely preparing Japan to “rush to the defense of its many relatively unprotected southern islands in case the Chinese or North Koreans try to take them back.”

    For Iron Fist, the Japanese brought their own Toyota-built trucks and Humvees. The Marines are supplying tanks and rotary-wing aircraft. Officers receive a combined briefing each morning, with translation. The two forces eat in the same chow hall.

    The Japanese troops went to San Clemente Island for live-fire training and also deployed to the “Infantry Immersion Trainer” on Camp Pendleton, a faux Afghan village complete with role players and simulated roadside bombs.

    The final exam, set for early March, will be a weeklong, ship-based exercise involving troops from both countries coming ashore at the beaches where Marines trained for the World War II landings.

    It is the kind of training that would be useful if the Japanese needed to move quickly to one of their islands and set up a defensive perimeter to repel an assault, Hudson said.

    The Japanese “want to develop the capability to deal with any threat to defend our country,” said Maj. Kuzuya Ono as he watched his troops working in coordination with Marines driving tanks.
     
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    The resurgent militarist Japan.

    Should reawaken the horrors of Japanese occupation of China, amongst the Chinese!

    Japan's greatest military disadvantage is that it lack depth, something which China has in abundance.

    Apart from a formidable Navy, Japan requires hi tech weaponry to keep China at bay aimed at the Chinese second echelons and the reinforcements in case of an attack.
     
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    niharjhatn Regular Member

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    Doesn't the japanese constitution forbid military of any kind? Just grabbed this from wiki:

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    Considering that it was the americans who indirectly wrote part of the constitution, is it ironic that they are now helping them? Is a constitutional re-write in the works? Definitely a signal of intent!
     
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    Japanese have started to abandon their pacifist constitution with USA' s blessings, it give the Japanese a new independence in their internal security and it gives USA a new market to sell to an ally,a win -win situation for both a difficult situation for China and North Korea.
     
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    Uncle won't let go Japan in the end either -

    China, Russia jointly pressure Japan over island disputes
    Seima Oki / Yomiuri Shimbun Correspondent
    (Sep. 29, 2010)
     
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    Japan has more to deal with than China or N.Korea

     
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    Russia is worried about Japan's claim over the Kuril Islands that were once Japan's, but annexed after WWII.

    The island chain stretches north across the Pacific Ocean from the Japanese island of Hokkaido to the southern tip of Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula.


    They are Kunashiri, Etorofu, Shikotan and the rocky Habomai islets.

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    The southernmost islet in the Habomai group lies only a few kilometres off Nemuro on the Japanese island of Hokkaido.

    Because of the dispute, Russia and Japan have not yet signed a peace treaty to end World War II.

    Treaty of Shimoda is an interesting document on the historical wrangling between Japan and Russia over the Kuril.
     
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    Moreover, nor do Japan and S. Korea work out...

    "South Korea and Japan’s island dispute lead to crazy times…"

    “Islands row deflates Japanese condom sales drive in SKorea”—AFP

    The AFP reported yesterday that South Korea’s subway system were forced to remove adverts for Japanese condoms amid increasing public anger over the Dokdo/Takeshima island disputes.

     
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    Wherever there was imperialism, there will be disputes.
     
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    Correction guys.. the Japs have a very powerful industry and hi-tech weapons capability already. Now with Unkil's blessings, Japs would move into fighter jet making and more advanced weaponry. This was coming soon; it was obvious. US cannot defend anybody right now militarily with their economic condition and hence they don't want to leave other countries in a lurch in their alliance. So how best to combat it? Allow them to re-write their constitution.

    I am sure that the new Japan will not be imperialist, but strong enough to hold on its own. Remember, Beijing might be far away from us in its "safe Han land" but it is just around the corner from Japan. And CCP knows that Japanese have the technology to make nukes on short notice in large numbers. Hence the reason why all their technological big gizmos are pointed towards east and little against us. Though infrastructure in Tibet makes it needless for them to station troops near us.
     
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    Sir, actually, the Japanese Self Defense Force has the most hi-tech weaponry in Asia, in all branches of its defense forces, as most of it is American supplied. Their navy is quite formidable for its size and much more advanced than the Indian navy for that matter, regardless of size. Plus, their training is on par with the Americans, since they have been training with them for decades.
     

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