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The United States withdraws marines from Japan, but strengthens its military presence in the Far East

The United States withdraws marines from Japan, but strengthens its military presence in the Far East

In early October, talks were held in Japan by the US Secretary of State John Kerry and Pentagon chief Chuck Hagle with Japanese colleagues (the so-called 2 + 2 meeting) on ​​military cooperation. The result of the meeting can be called twofold. On the one hand, the Americans will withdraw the Marines 9000 from their base in Okinawa. On the other hand, they will replace their "living force" with other forms of military presence.

Let's start with the withdrawal of the US Marine Corps. This step can reduce the anti-American sentiment, which is very strong in Okinawa. Okinawa is one of the best Japanese resorts. And American aviation prevents tourists from resting peacefully. In addition, the behavior of US Marines is not always annoying to local residents. However, the U.S. Marines will not go home at all: 5000 of them will be relocated to Guam, and another 4000 to the Northern Mariana Islands. That is, they simply change their location within the same region.

Also since last year, 12 of the American MV-22 Osprey troop-transport convertaplanes are located in Okinawa. These are the US Marine Corps (ILC) vehicles. They are designed for the rapid transfer of troops and light military equipment. However, the Japanese government itself asked the Americans to place these vehicles at the Japanese military base. It is exploring their potential for further purchase. The purpose of the procurement is quite frankly called increasing the amphibious capabilities of the Japanese army during operations on remote islands.

China has already expressed concern about the use of Osprey in the joint US-Japanese naval exercises Dawn Blitz ("Fast Dawn"). They were held this summer. And 14 June convertoplane first landed on the Japanese destroyer helicopter "Hyuga". Beijing claimed that these exercises are preparing attacks on China. The retired Chinese rear admiral Yin Zhou then stated that the purpose of the exercise was to work out joint US and Japanese actions to seize the islands. Naturally, China fears for the controversial Diaoyu Islands (Senkaku).

Japan is clearly seeking to gain military opportunities to seize certain islands. Such opportunities can be used anywhere - and in fact we and Japan also have a conflict situation over the South Kuriles. This is one of the reasons why we have to build up a grouping of troops on Sakhalin and the Kuriles (which we have already written about). Japan has no nuclear weapons. And in order to counter it in the Far East, it is necessary to have a sufficient potential for conventional weapons.

In the near future, the United States will send more 12 Osprey aircraft to Japan. The head of the Pentagon, Chuck Heigl, agreed on this at a meeting with the Minister of Defense of Japan, Itsunori Onodera. However, 9 thousands of US Marines will be withdrawn from Okinawa. This means that Osprey and the entire infrastructure of the USCM bases will most likely be transferred to the Japanese military, who will use them at their discretion.

In return, the US Marine Corps will deploy another military force in Japan. Not one that directly conducts hostilities, but one that can enhance the military capabilities of the Japanese. We are talking primarily about the means of intelligence. Now in Japan there will appear strategic unmanned reconnaissance aircraft RQ-4 Global Hawk, and in the future their marine variant MQ-4C Triton will appear.

Also in Japan will be placed patrol anti-submarine aircraft Boeing P-8A Poseidon. This aircraft is equipped with a search radar AN / APS-137D (V) 5 and radio intelligence system AN / APY-10. Poseidon can not be called a pure reconnaissance aircraft. Free-falling and adjustable bombs, torpedoes and depth charges can be placed in the internal weapons compartment, and underwing pylons are designed for Harpoon anti-ship missiles. Naturally, formally P-8А, which will operate from Japanese airfields, will have to work on the North Korean and Chinese naval forces. However, these aircraft have great reconnaissance capabilities, and possible patrol routes lie close to the bases of our strategic submarines in Kamchatka.

In addition, the Ministry of Defense of Japan intends to modernize four E-767 long-range radar detection and control aircraft. On the planes it is planned to install additional radio-electronic equipment, KIV-77 cryptographic computer systems.

In principle, the E-767 is part of the Japanese missile defense system (PRO). Formally, it is created to protect against North Korea, which supposedly sleeps and sees how to launch a rocket into someone. However, the Japanese missile defense system is part of the American global missile defense system, which is deployed around Russia and China (it was written in more detail here). For the development of the "eastern branch of the missile defense system," the Americans have deployed the second radar system TPY-2 in Japan.

And, of course, increasing their presence in Japan, the US military could not overlook the so-called "cyber weapon". Now on the Japanese islands will operate a joint US-Japanese "working cyber group." This means that for all neighbors of Japan, the likelihood of virus attacks on the servers of state institutions, strategic infrastructure and management, information and financial structures is increasing.

In general, we can state the desire of the United States to strengthen Japan’s military capabilities in order to strengthen the overall deterrence potential of Russia and China. At the same time, the allies of the USA (first of all, Japan) are gradually given more freedom of action. So, almost certainly the United States will support changes in the Japanese constitution, which will change the post-war status of this country as voluntarily renounced the use of military force. Pacifist Japan is no longer needed by the United States. This is partly due to the weakness of the United States, which dictates the need to shift some of the military threats to someone else. And the Americans themselves can stand on the sidelines and wait for the militarization of Japan to affect the entire region.
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  1. Denis
    Denis 24 October 2013 08: 07
    We didn’t relax for a long time, the DPRK was about to launch a rocket or stir up something else, then again they would scream and run

    PS And the girls in the photo are jumping, I wonder what else ... whose?
    1. Ezhaak
      Ezhaak 24 October 2013 10: 50
      This is not jumping. These are trifles. Not more than 40 cm jump. Young volleyball athletes are trained to make the jump (measured on the lower back!) For 50 cm.
    2. Uncle
      Uncle 24 October 2013 14: 28
      Quote: Denis
      girls in the photo are jumping, I wonder what else

      Precisely, girls for every taste, and a blonde and a brown-haired woman and a pair of brunettes. Serving in such an army is not boring .. smile
      1. studentmati
        studentmati 24 October 2013 20: 54
        Quote: Denis
        and the girls in the photo are jumping, I wonder what else ... whose?

        Quote: Hedgehog
        These are trifles.

        Quote: Uncle
        girls for every taste

        It seems like serious males-uncles, but all the same? Freud, or what? Although I am with you.
        1. 755962
          755962 24 October 2013 23: 22
          The network has photos of the “Russian Mistral” already on the water

  2. Andreitas
    Andreitas 24 October 2013 09: 03
    Americans as a flock of locust pests, fly from one field to another.
    1. Airman
      Airman 24 October 2013 21: 59
      Quote: Andreitas
      Americans as a flock of locust pests, fly from one field to another.

      The Americans will never leave Japan, but the Japanese are increasingly showing the militaristic itching of the samurai, so they gradually build muscle, turning their army of self-defense into an army of attack.
  3. air wolf
    air wolf 24 October 2013 09: 06
    This was to be expected, and we send all the ship's trash there. For a long time it was necessary to conclude a military treaty with Syria on our mutual assistance and send a battalion "Vostok", I think it won't be a week before peace comes!
    1. cdrt
      cdrt 24 October 2013 12: 11
      Quote: air wolf
      and send a battalion "Vostok", I think a week will not pass as peace comes!

      And there are more hats to the East, so that they quickly throw all the militants ...
  4. polly
    polly 24 October 2013 10: 59
    Quite right, what else should have been expected in the conditions of the tendency in the world to revise the results of the Second World War, the denial, or even the reduction to a negligible role of the Soviet Union in the victory over fascism, when the descendants of Bendera and other trash are raising their heads, and the USA leads to a completely frostbitten politics? Only changes to the constitution of Japan. The undead samurai moved, who brought so much grief to our Far East. We remember the concentration camp on Russky Island, and the St. Bartholomew's night in Primorye, arranged by vile matsuoks. And my hometown Spassk-Dalny will never forget my "beloved neighbors" (how many people were killed and tortured here), even taking into account the fashionable trends for the establishment in the city in 2012 of a memorial plaque in honor of the White Guard general: modern liberals are raising punishers and murderers of their people on the banners.
    1. USMC
      USMC 24 October 2013 19: 22
      Quote: polly
      And my hometown Spassk-Dalny will never forget "beloved neighbors"

      Hit the hated Japs economy with an iron fist! give up their used right-hand drive "Toyota" and change to domestic basins))))
  5. Simon
    Simon 24 October 2013 12: 12
    Well, the Americans with the Japs began to circle us in the Far East. The Americans are clamping us on all sides. It’s time for China and the Pacific to conduct large-scale exercises. recourse
  6. cdrt
    cdrt 24 October 2013 12: 16
    In fact, the United States is currently not a rival to Russia in a purely military sense (thanks to the Strategic Missile Forces).
    The relationship is rather like between the WB and the Republic of Ingushetia during the Great Game, approximately in the 1850s.

    But Japan is a real likely adversary.
    And they have a legitimate reason to attack us, both opportunities (a powerful modern fleet, aviation), and desire.
    So ... even though the Americans are leaving, the fleet and aviation in the Far East need only be strengthened (even at the expense of the European part).
    Well, the roads to finish normal to the Far East.
    1. USMC
      USMC 24 October 2013 20: 03
      Quote: cdrt
      In fact, the United States is currently not a rival to Russia in a purely military sense (thanks to the Strategic Missile Forces)

      console yourself! the balance of forces of the Strategic Missile Forces, the number of SLBMs, strategic bombers, ICBMs, and the US and Russian warheads themselves are approximately the same as the United States is slightly superior. only in the number of ALCMs in the Russian Federation outweighed it, but in the United States an advantage over SLCMs. so if in simple words the existing warheads and their delivery vehicles are more than enough for mutual complete destruction !!!
      if you compare the troops:
      - US main strike force (NOT special forces) - Marine Corps ~ 200.
      -the main striking force of the Russian Federation (NOT special forces) - Airborne Forces ~ 35.
      The ground forces of the Russian Federation and the US Army are approximately the same, but the Navy and the Air Force in the USA are completely dominant in terms of the number of people and equipment!

      so that the stories that the United States are not your equal are tales for the lessons of the NWP
      1. skeptic
        skeptic 25 October 2013 21: 59
        Quote: USMC
        so if in simple words the existing warheads and their delivery vehicles are more than enough for mutual complete destruction !!!

        There is no need to butt with America. Why should the troops, equipment, ships catch up on the Far East? The promise to use nuclear weapons in the "disputed territories" is enough for any debaters to lose the desire to meddle with their ultra-modern galoshes and samurai ambitions. If they need dopfukushima, then let them come for "gifts".
        1. USMC
          USMC 26 October 2013 01: 21
          but you don’t have such a stupid government that would swing missiles to the left and right! a nuclear strike even in disputed territories will not remain without consequences for everyone. therefore, nuclear potential is primarily a deterrent and not a bargaining chip in disputes over a piece of land in the ocean
  7. Kibalchish
    Kibalchish 24 October 2013 16: 05
    Also news to me ... about it half a year ago they spoke. Part of the marines will be withdrawn to Guam.
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  9. knn54
    knn54 24 October 2013 16: 15
    "He walks widely, it’s time to calm the fellow." A.V Suvorov
  10. voliador
    voliador 24 October 2013 18: 55
    There is definitely nothing good. In fact, this is a pure buildup of the military presence of scrappers near our borders.
  11. studentmati
    studentmati 24 October 2013 21: 09
    China has already expressed concern about the use of Osprey in the joint US-Japanese naval exercises Dawn Blitz ("Fast Dawn").

    The concern of the Chinese partners is understandable. belay But I am sure that the PRC industry has already won tenders and placed orders for the manufacture of "consumables", bearings, all kinds of "type" "rubber" gaskets and other small things for the maintenance and maintenance of the "combat readiness" of American Osprey in Japan. If this is not the case, then I will be surprised! fellow
  12. samoletil18
    samoletil18 24 October 2013 21: 26
    Imperialist arms are reaching for the Far East. It really hurts a lot of resources there.
    Here (on the site) there was an article about the modernization of the BTR-50. The discussion was, to a large extent, negative. And in the light of this article, I am even more for modernization. On the open spaces of the Far Eastern off-road, such a device will be in demand simply by its presence, naturally, in the presence of air defense means having appropriate mobility.
    In the late 90s, military analytics boiled down to a chain of elimination by the West of unwanted countries: Iraq, Syria, North Korea, Iran, calling these countries the "axis of evil." At the same time, Japan and Germany began advancing to participate in hostilities outside their borders and attempts to make them permanent members of the UN Security Council. The first two of the "axis of evil" are already being analyzed. Japan will be made the owner of the right to ensure its own security abroad. And the DPRK will wait for its turn.
    Who will be on the new list of "outrages" awaiting democratization?
  13. Admiral 013
    Admiral 013 25 October 2013 06: 01
    If we continue to "sleep", then their ambitions will reach the Urals, given that from the Urals we have the entire military-industrial complex in ebe. I have been destroyed. And as it was sung in one song - "Yes, we are with everyone in the world, but the world is not stable and in this world everyone is not averse to snatching a piece from us." Something like that.
  14. Stasi
    Stasi 25 October 2013 22: 10
    The fact that Japan is an ally of the United States can cause nothing but contempt for her. After all that the Americans were doing to her, becoming their ally is nonsense. First, the Yankees under the command of General Curtis Le May carried out Operation Meeting House - there was a bombing of Tokyo with incendiary bombs, hundreds of people engulfed in fire rushed to Sumida and burned to death. In total, during such a bombing on the night of March 9-10, 45, 83 thousand people were killed, not soldiers, but civilians, women, children, old people. You don't need to talk about nuclear bombing. According to the latest polls, 60 percent of Japanese schoolchildren are sure that Soviet planes inflicted a nuclear strike on Japan. The Americans washed the brains of the Japanese well. The fact that Japan is increasingly militarized is another reason for us to strengthen the defense of our Far East and the Kuril Islands.
    1. zhandosbai
      zhandosbai 20 November 2013 22: 34
      Quote: Stasi
      According to recent polls, 60 percent of Japanese schoolchildren are sure that Soviet planes delivered a nuclear strike on Japan.

      References to the source would not hurt ...