Head of US Marines vows to bolster defense in southern Japan

TOKYO, 18 June 2022, (TON): The head of the U.S. Marine Corps said “his forces are committed to defending southwestern Japanese islands as the allies try to bolster their defenses amid growing threats from China and Russia.”

Lt. Gen. Steven Rudder said “at the beginning of talks with Japanese Defense Minister Nibuo Kishi that the U.S. Marine presence is focused on the so-called first island chain in the western Pacific the string of islands stretching from Japan’s East China Sea islands.”

Rudder said “with our forces west of the international dateline, we will continue to live, train, and work in the first island chain primarily with the assistance and support of our Japanese host.”

He said “the United States and Japan are looking to develop capabilities and tactics to ensure readiness in the region.”

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