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U.S. Marines and Japan units train to thwart island attack

Pace of joint exercises increases as China becomes more assertive in region

U.S. Marines and members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force evacuate a simulated casualty during a drill at the Ojojihara Training Area in July. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Marines)

HACHINOHE, Japan -- Japanese and U.S. personnel concluded a two-day exercise on Wednesday that was designed as training for a rapid response to an amphibious invasion of a remote island.

The drill between the U.S. Marine Corps and Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force, which was open to the media, was the first to feature the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, or HIMARS, that had been transported to the site by air.

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