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How Do You Say “Semper Fi” in Japanese?

March 11th, 2014 - 2:58 pm

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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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I wonder how long before China starts complaining about Japanese "militarism."
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Bonzi!
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Not exactly the "first time ever", though the first time since 1945. The Imperial Navy's Special Naval Landing Forces...(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_Special_Naval_Landing_Forces) caused the Allies plenty of trouble during WWII. I'm sure many veterans of the Pacific can attest to their fighting prowess.
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Those weren't Marines in the US Marine sense. They were Navy infantry who generally made unopposed landings. The opposed landings didn't go well.
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Maybe we can defuse the whole Senkaku issue by getting South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan to declare them a combined amphibious warfare training range.
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Hmmm... a new class of 30k tonne carriers and now marines. This may concern Japan's neighbors all of whom have long memories. Perhaps the Chinese have awoken a sleeping giant.
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I just happen to be re-reading "Semper Fi" by W.E.B. Griffin.
With that as a background, this Japanese Marines business is... weird.
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