Japan “Recovers” Elite Marines After More Than 70 Years of Absence

Known as the  Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade, Japanese elite troops have not seen the light of day since the defeat of the Imperial Army in 1945.

In an official event held on Saturday near the Sasebo military base in Japan, 1,500 members of the elite force that seeks to protect the Asian country’s borders from potential enemies participated.

Armed with western rifles, pistols, and rocket launchers, and equipped with uniforms reminiscent of those of the US military, the soldiers of the new brigade employ modern and aggressive tactics.

According to the Reuters news agency, the objective of this Marine infantry unit is to counteract an eventual invasion of the East China Sea islands.

During the ceremony, the members of this armed force carried out 20-minute demonstration exercises, simulating the recovery of an island in the hands of possible invaders.

Tomohiro Yamamoto, Vice Minister of Defense of Japan, indicated during the event on Saturday, April 7 that ” the security situation that Japan is going through is complex “, emphasizing that “the defence of the Japanese islands has become the most important objective ”

The Japanese marine infantry forces are also composed of several helicopter carriers, amphibious assault ships, hybrid ships and American-made Osprey converts.

Since Japan lost to the Allies at the end of World War II, Emperor Hirohito and his representatives had to cede the security of their country mainly to the United States, through the Self-Defense Forces of Japan, which have as their exclusive mission, defend the Japanese territory, but never invade another nation.

Upon the imposition of the Constitution of Japan in May 1947, it was prohibited, through Article 9, the existence and maintenance of “forces of land, sea and air, as well as any other with war potential”, as well as the complete resignation of the people Japanese “to war as the sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as a means to resolve international disputes.”

However, as of May 14, 2015, the Japanese government approved the resolution by which its forces may operate abroad if it is necessary to help its allies, which has accelerated the increase of its elements of self-defence.

Under this reform, forces such as the Amphibious Brigade of Rapid Deployment, have been able to flourish on Japanese soil.


Source: Noticieros Televisa