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Joint US-Japan Military Training Drills in Kumamoto

On Dec. 8, the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF​) and US Marine Corps​ began a series of joint training exercises at the Army National Guard Oyanoharaenshuba in Yamato, Kumamoto Prefecture. Four Osprey aircrafts from the Futenma air base in Ginowan, Okinawa, will be used in the military drills, which are expected to last until Dec. 20. A ceremony was held at the maneuvering ground​ to mark the start of the exercises. Military officials in attendance stated that the exercises will strengthen the Japan-US alliance and help bring stability to the Asian region. A total of 750 US marines are due to participate alongside eight JGSDF divisions. The Osprey aircrafts began drills on Dec. 9. and are also scheduled to fly during the night. Source: Jiji, 12/8/2017

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Kumamoto Prefecture
Published: Dec 21, 2017 / Last Updated: Dec 21, 2017

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