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Indo-Pacific

Taiwan threat tears down silos at Japan's Self-Defense Forces

Ground and maritime troops increasingly train together to face new challenges

The Osumi-class tank landing ship JS Shimokita took on board Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers in camouflage gear during a recent exercise. (Photo courtesy of the Maritime Self-Defense Force) 

TOKYO -- The ground, maritime and air components of Japan's Self-Defense Forces have traditionally been siloed. There is rarely any swap of personnel between them and when they do come together for a meeting at the Ministry of Defense in Tokyo's Ichigaya district, they attend in their respective uniforms.

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