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Japanese paratroopers conduct training in Guam

Saturday’s Mainichi reported that members of the GSDF 1st Airborne Brigade based at a camp in Chiba conducted a joint drill with USFJ personnel at Andersen AFB in Guam on Friday, saying that this was the first time for Japanese paratroopers to fly on and jump out of U.S. military planes during training overseas.

 

Today’s Sankei ran a similar story, quoting GSDF Chief of Staff Yoshida as saying: “Paradropping is an extremely important tactical operation for the defense of remote islands. The joint training demonstrated U.S.-Japan coordination strategically.”

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