Military Review

Teachings at Yakim

In September, the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Forces conducted the now practically traditional exercises at the Yakima training ground (Yakima Training Center) in the state of Washington, which belongs to the US Army. During the exercise, soldiers and officers were able to experience those kinds of weapons, whose use in Japan itself is restricted for territorial and legal reasons. Among other things, guests from the Land of the Rising Sun have worked offensive over long distances - an experience that can come in handy in the very near future, given the aggravation of the international situation.

These exercises are held every year at approximately the same time, and Japanese soldiers are trying to use new equipment during their next visit to the center. The gunners and tank units. In Japan, it is extremely difficult to carry out such events in connection with the deficit of flat space - the country consists of mountain ranges for three quarters, and the remaining third is either densely built up or set aside for agricultural needs.

Only ground forces of self-defense experience similar limitations. Neither the sailors nor the pilots have problems with the spaces for obvious reasons.

This year, Type-74 tanks (removed from service and replaced with the newest Type-10), wheel M1128 tanks, helicopters and other equipment were seen at the test site. Interestingly, the M1128 is not in service with the Self-Defense Forces. Japan has its own wheeled tank MCV, which should go into service next year, 2016.

The training took place against the background of heated political discussions in Tokyo regarding the new law expanding the powers of the Self-Defense Forces abroad. This question is not idle. For six decades, the Japanese ground forces were engaged exclusively in the defense of their own islands. Now there has been a shift towards the creation of a limited expeditionary force for action on the territory of the allies. On the basis of the army units, the marines that were liquidated in 1945 will be recreated.

Another important point is the release of hostages. In 2013, 10 Japanese citizens taken hostage were killed in Algeria. In 2015, two more Japanese nationals became victims of ISIS militants. The previous interpretation of the Constitution did not allow the use of force for their release. Now this is possible and during the exercises on the Yakima, building attacks were practiced.

In certain stages in what is happening, the US military also took part, who, according to them, "work out the interaction with the technologically close army." In the photo and video of Americans distinguishes gray camouflage, against the green from the Japanese. Otherwise, it can be difficult to distinguish, since there are quite a few Asian citizens in the US Armed Forces.

It is obvious that Japan continues to search for the military model that is optimal for itself, which will be adjusted on the basis of the country's changing policy.
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  1. Shiva83483
    Shiva83483 6 October 2015 07: 04
    There are no samurai, they have no peace .... Nu-nu, frying pans with eyes, we'll see, how much, ball hockey .....
    1. cth; fyn
      cth; fyn 6 October 2015 07: 48
      But you don’t need to laugh at them, there are more than 140 million of them and their weapons will be better than ours, in some ways and where.
    2. Conductor
      Conductor 6 October 2015 08: 52
      After reading the article, I thought: what kind of army does Japan have now? But then I was very surprised by the power of these "self-defense forces":
      tanks (and modern) -400; not so "fresh" - 560
      latest BMP and BRM -170
      modern BTR-500
      gun mounts - a total of 700
      the abundance of air defense systems
      Well, plus to this population as in Russia))
      So yuppies just do not underestimate and rely on a nuclear club
      1. cth; fyn
        cth; fyn 6 October 2015 16: 57
        Yes, it may now be a quantity and not very, but nevertheless there are interesting samples, and they are in service, and if we take into account the transition from defense forces to the army, then there will be a quantitative increase, we must monitor the situation so that we don’t get into a puddle.
      2. Bersaglieri
        Bersaglieri 7 October 2015 08: 40
        The Japanese have a powerful fleet. If you do not take into account the nuclear submarines, then it surpasses the Pacific Fleet several times. So it goes...:(
    3. Alexey RA
      Alexey RA 6 October 2015 13: 54
      Quote: Shiva83483
      There are no samurai, they have no peace .... Nu-nu, frying pans with eyes, we'll see, how much, ball hockey .....

      No hatred. stop

      Before that war, some people also wrote about the "bespectacled narrow-eyed" who are armed with small dogs, because they are unable to raise a normal rifle. And their technique is nothing more than bad copies of mediocre samples of American and European design. All this ended for those who wrote and thought so with the Day of Shame and the March of Death.
  2. cth; fyn
    cth; fyn 6 October 2015 07: 44
    It would be necessary to follow these teachings more closely to some in the General Staff.
  3. igorka357
    igorka357 6 October 2015 08: 34
    Here are yups, and here is a strong people like it, the code of the samurai and all that, centuries-old traditions ... well, why are they lying under the Americans request ? Well, probably the last samurai is Tom Cruise in the movie of the same name!
    1. cth; fyn
      cth; fyn 6 October 2015 16: 54
      Tom is a guy
  4. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 6 October 2015 08: 51
    The countries of the rising sun worked offensive over long distances

    Didn't have time to decide what they have - the Self-Defense Forces or the army? And already they gave a voice. Japan has long been, taking into account the "wishes" of the United States, went to this. Well, that came. It was not enough for them to bomb the United States, they decided to once again pozalup .... Xia to Russia. We are peaceful people - welcome.
  5. Atigay
    Atigay 6 October 2015 08: 56
    One thing is not clear to me: why things are still not called by their proper names - Japan, Germany, and other "independent" countries are colonies of the United States. Their government agencies do not have the full amount of power, they are subordinated to the United States as dominions that do not have the right to an independent foreign policy. Russia was practically also a colony until the GDP achieved independence through revolutionary changes. What then to talk to them about? What issues should be dealt with the servants?
  6. Wolka
    Wolka 6 October 2015 13: 59
    but I like the sleeve catchers on the samurai machines, it's a good idea not to litter around ...
  7. Ramadan
    Ramadan 6 October 2015 14: 20
    Surprised handbag on the machines for shot cartridges))
    And I probably won’t understand the Japs ever, after Hiroshima and Nagasaki so many years obey the States. I understand that the economy is tied to them, plus the neighbors are all bloodthirsty around, although in my opinion no one has conquered the Japs before. But then the code of honor is no longer counted in the new realities? So now all these are empty words for cinema and historians?
    1. Denis DV
      Denis DV 6 October 2015 18: 03
      Well, why, in the 45th they acquired a new owner, and they serve him. Obedient bully
    2. Gomel
      Gomel 6 October 2015 18: 38
      considering that the cartridges are not simple but educational, the cartridges will go in the second round. A resource-saving nation is there.
    3. Bersaglieri
      Bersaglieri 7 October 2015 08: 43
      Duc, precious metal. Then he will go to the remelting again. Japan is a poor country for mineral resources, so recycling is almost 100%
  8. Erg
    Erg 6 October 2015 16: 33
    The Japanese need to learn history better. If they do not trust the textbooks, let them ask the still living fighters of the Kwantung army. It feels like the August 45 vaccination is over ...
  9. nekromonger
    nekromonger 6 October 2015 16: 55
    it's hard to be a samurai and swallow Uncle Sam's sperm.
    1. Erg
      Erg 6 October 2015 21: 54
      Right. I see, squinted samurai have a lot of fans here. I had a military instructor at school, Mikhail Timofeevich Gabov, who fought with the Kwantungs. Talked a lot about their methods. This is called ideological education. Therefore, I will always be for North Korea, and against Japan. This is no longer burn out of me. soldier
  10. Limon1972
    Limon1972 6 October 2015 17: 05
    Damn, they have all the infantry with optics sad When it will be so with us ...
    1. strannik1985
      strannik1985 6 October 2015 17: 56
      But tanks without DZ.
    2. Erg
      Erg 6 October 2015 22: 01
      As Alexander Vasilyevich said - the enemy must be beaten with skill. Did they achieve a lot with their "optics" during World War II?
      1. Bersaglieri
        Bersaglieri 7 October 2015 08: 45
        Better, after all, when "We have" Maxim "- but they do not have it." Otherwise, it will turn out, as in the Crimean War.