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Japan activates first marines since WW2 to bolster defenses against China

The troops conducted a 20-minute mock public exercise recapturing a remote island from invaders

Reuters 

Japan on Saturday activated its first marine unit since World War Two trained to counter invaders occupying Japanese islands along the edge of the East China Sea that Tokyo fears are vulnerable to attack by China. In a ceremony held at a military base near Sasebo on the southwest island of Kyushu, about 1,500 members of the Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade (ARDB) wearing camouflage lined up outside amid cold, windy weather. “Given the increasingly difficult defense and security situation surrounding Japan, defense of our islands has become a critical mandate,” Tomohiro ...

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First Published: Sun, April 08 2018. 02:06 IST
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