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March 13, 2014 - 11:00 am

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Japan has decided, for the first time ever, to establish a force of marines similar to the U.S. Marine Corps. Apparently American marines will help train the new Japanese force, currently planned as a brigade of some 3,000 troops. American marines have been teaching Japanese infantry how to undertake amphibious operations for some time but these army troops were not considered marines. The new plan is to establish an elite force of Japanese marines to deal with Chinese threats to Japanese territory. Japan is aware that neighboring South Korea created a Marine Corps in the 1950s, mainly because American marines were involved in protecting South Korea during the Korean War (1950-53) and the Koreans were impressed by the American marines. The South Korean marines turned out to be very good and the Japanese will have to hustle to be competitive.

I’m sure the Japanese will do just that — and the Chinese have nobody to blame but themselves for this development.

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Cross-posted from Vodkapundit

Stephen Green began blogging at VodkaPundit.com in early 2002, and has served as PJMedia's Denver editor since 2008. He's one of the hosts on PJTV, and one-third of PJTV's Trifecta team with Scott Ott and Bill Whittle. Steve lives with his wife and sons in the hills and woods of Monument, Colorado, where he enjoys the occasional lovely adult beverage.

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Bushido des', ne?
36 weeks ago
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Gung Ho?
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That's Chinese for (approximately) "pull together." In my beloved Corps, it means, variously depending on context, "working as one", "git some!", "salty (when shortened to grungy"), (sometimes pejoratively) "overly enamored of SOP", or "highly motivated."
36 weeks ago
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During the Pacific War, the Japanese had SNLF - Special Navy Landing Forces - which were infantry units organized by their Navy.
36 weeks ago
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Considering all the fighting their army did AGAINST the Corps in the Pacific they should have no trouble at all.

But considering their bent for revisionist history let's just hope they don't re-establish any more Unit 731s.
36 weeks ago
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I believe the term you're looking for is Banzai!
36 weeks ago
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No Semper Fi translated is "Banzai"... followed by "Bang"
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