US Marines take part in joint exercises with members of Japan’s Ground Self-Defence Force in December 2021. Photo: Kyodo
US Marines take part in joint exercises with members of Japan’s Ground Self-Defence Force in December 2021. Photo: Kyodo
Japan

US looks to deter China by sprinkling missile-armed marines across Japanese islands

  • Japan hosts 18,000 US marines, mostly on Okinawa Island. A reorganisation could see them dispersed throughout island chain bounding the East China Sea
  • The marines reportedly plan to cut aircraft numbers and dump heavy artillery and armour in favour of missiles and drones to operate in contested areas

US Marines take part in joint exercises with members of Japan’s Ground Self-Defence Force in December 2021. Photo: Kyodo
US Marines take part in joint exercises with members of Japan’s Ground Self-Defence Force in December 2021. Photo: Kyodo
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