TOKYO – Chief of Staff of the Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) Yoshida Yoshihide met with Lt. Gen. Steven Rudder, head of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, at the Ministry of Defense (MOD) on July 7. At the beginning of the closed-door meeting, Yoshida touched on the “Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations (EABO),” the U.S. military’s strategic concept of setting up temporary hubs for attacks and supplies replenishment on remote islands. “I want to deepen cooperation between the GSDF’s cross-domain operations and the U.S. Marine Corps’ EABO,” said Yoshida. Lt. Gen. Rudder also commented, “We will share the lessons we have learned from the EABO [with the GSDF] as much as we can.” They agreed to advance bilateral cooperation centered on the EABO.
At the beginning of the meeting, Yoshida underscored, “The enhanced cooperation between the GSDF and the U.S. Marine Corps is further increasing the need to strengthen the deterrence and response capabilities of the Japan-U.S. alliance.” Defense Minister Kishi also met with Lt. Gen. Rudder on the same day and said to him, “We are grateful to the U.S. Marine Corps for its efforts to build a friendly relationship with host municipalities and become their ‘good neighbor.’”