11 Sep '17, 8pm

US, Japanese troops kick off Orient Shield exercise near Mount Fuji

EAST FUJI MANEUVER AREA, Japan — U.S. and Japanese troops are training for urban combat amid a “grave situation” in the Asia-Pacific following North Korean nuclear and missile tests. Six hundred Alaska-based U.S. soldiers and an equal number from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force kicked off this year’s Orient Shield exercise Monday with a ceremony at the East Fuji Maneuver Area. “The regional security environment in the Asia-Pacific region is a grave situation,” Lt. Gen. Shoichi Shibata, commander of the 1st Division of Japan’s Eastern Army, told the troops. “North Korea has been continually launching missiles and conducting nuclear tests particularly challenging to the international community.” The entire world is hoping that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un comes to his senses and changes his behavior, said Maj. Gen. James Pasquarette, commander of U.S. Army Japan. “The...

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