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Japan weighs hosting largest-ever joint drills with U.S. Marines

Bilateral military exercise in fall planned with eye on Russia and China

U.S. Marines at the SDF's East Fuji training grounds in Shizuoka Prefecture in March.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Japan and the U.S. will hold joint military drills in Hokkaido this fall, with the two-week exercises expected to involve more than 4,000 personnel, Nikkei has learned.

The Resolute Dragon exercises between Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force and the U.S. Marine Corps will take place across September and October. The two sides look to make this the largest-ever bilateral drill involving U.S. Marines.

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