Japan’s Land Self-Defense Force said it would hold its first national military exercise in 30 years this fall in Kyushu and elsewhere.
Japan’s Land Self-Defense Forces (SDF) announced that they would hold large-scale exercises in Kyushu this fall, including all units of the country, the first national military exercises by the Land Self-Defense Forces in nearly 30 years, Kyodo News reported on April 15.
Reported that the Land Self-Defense Force held this large-scale nationwide exercise aimed at strengthening the defense capabilities of Kyushu, Okinawa and other places to face possible future threats. Nearly 10,000 personnel from Hokkaido, Tohoku, and Kyushu will be sent to Kyushu, where the exercise is supposed to take place between September and November this year, with all 140,000 members of the Land Self-Defense Forces taking part.
According to the Japan Broadcasting Association (NHK) reported that in this large-scale exercise, the Land Self-Defense Forces will check the deployment of troops and logistical support problems, and used to guide the development of practical deployment plans. The exercise will also include helicopters, tanks and armored vehicles to conduct a comprehensive survey of the team’s operational, support and logistical capabilities, but the final details of the exercise will also be determined according to the development of coronavirus outbreak.
In addition, Japan’s Kyodo news agency also reported on the 15th, the Land Self-Defense Force plans to hold joint training with the U.S. Marine Corps, the French Army around May this year. This will not only be the first time the Land Self-Defense Forces and French troops will conduct exercises in Japan, but also the first official joint training of the three countries’ land forces.