This video provides a Japanese perspective on
the USMC and its role in the Pacific. It looks at the “repositioning of
the USMC” as seen from a Japanese perspective.
It was produced by NHK News and aired on February 23, 2012.
It has been provided to SLD by Shin Shoji from NHK TV Japan.
A translation of the video has been provided to SLD and appears on the Second Line of Defense website.
Some main points to the presentation are as follows:
The USMC is strengthening links by holding joint operations with
allies and friendly countries such as Japan, South Korea, Thailand,
Singapore, as well as Indonesia. It is seen to strengthen its ability
to deal with contingencies by cooperating with other countries without
having to increase troop size…..
In a one-year period, the Marines in Okinawa have participated in over seventy exercises in the Asia Pacific region.
We are publishing a series on the evolution of Japanese defense and
security policy and this video and some others provided by NHK provides a
Japanese perspective on some of the Pacific strategy issues facing the
U.S. and its allies in the decade ahead.
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