An exercise at Camp Pendleton, California between the United States Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and the Ground Self Defense Forces. Marine Corps Times article here, click on the screen capture above for a New Tang Dynasty Television video. (I have no idea what “New Tang Dynasty Television” is, but they seem to be the only ones that sent a film crew.)

This is something of an annual exercise at Pendleton. I didn’t catch any reference to it last year, but has been held in previous years.

No mention of how many Japanese troops were involved this year, but in previous years I believe it’s been between a platoon and a company. Note Japanese LAV armored vehicles.

Japan has a very modest amphibious capability in the form of 3 Osumi-class LSTs, each capable of carrying two LCACs, of which Japan has six.

I’m not sure what the point of this exercise is. As far as I know, there is no GSDF unit that specializes in amphibious warfare. Marines are likely considered tools of offensive warfare and would be a violation of Article 9.

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A contributor and editor at the blog War Is Boring, Kyle Mizokami started Japan Security Watch in 2010 to further understand Japan's defenses and security policy.
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