According to this report in Xinhua, the 1st Combined Brigade of the Ground Self Defense Forces is now the 15th brigade. The Naha, Okinawa-based unit also received a manpower boost of 300 men, a dedicated Nuclear/Biological/Chemical unit, and new armored vehicles and artillery.

Vehicles are possibly the Type 82 NBC reconnaissance vehicle, pictured above.

This is just a guess, but it sounds like the brigade received an organic NBC battalion. In the event of war Okinawa can be expected to be hit with ballistic missiles carrying conventional, nuclear, biological, or chemical warheads.

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