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International relations

Japan's new marines to stage drills to deter China

Brigade to train with US and Philippine forces in South China Sea

Japan's marine unit will take part in a series of joint exercises in October.

TOKYO -- Japan's newly launched marine unit will hold joint exercises with the U.S. in October off the coast of Okinawa and in the South China Sea to show off its readiness to counter invaders amid Beijing's military expansion in the region.

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