WW3 fears as Japan unleash first marine unit since WORLD WAR 2 to fight Chinese ‘INVASION’

Saturday, April 7, 2018
By Paul Martin

JAPAN has launched its first marine unit since the end of World War Two as fears grow of an upcoming conflict with China.

By Anthony Blair
7th April 2018

1,500 new recruits of the Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade (ARDB) carried out drills on a remote island in the East China Sea as part of the manoeuvre.

Troops will be trained to counter the invasion of a group of islands owned by Japan along the edge of the East China Sea — that Tokyo fears are at risk of an attack from China.

Beijing already claims ownership of a group of uninhabited islands controlled by Japan in the East China Sea.

China is massively outspending its neighbour Japan in defence — and this year is set to spend 1.1 trillion yuan (£123.9 billion) — more than three times that of Japan.

Japan’s new force is controversial, as in its post World War Two constitution the country renounced the right to wage war.

It comes at a time of increased tensions between the two Asian countries.

Recently Japan deployed a new missile unit on the remote island of Miyako capable of firing missiles up to 100km.

And this month the US deployed a strike force of warships in the South China Sea in a huge show of force to China.

The new brigade is just the latest feature in a growing Japanese marine force that includes helicopter carriers, amphibious ships, Osprey tilt-rotor troop carriers and amphibious assault vehicles.

The activation of the 2,100-strong ARDB will take Japan a step closer to creating a force similar to the US Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) able to plan and execute operations at sea far from its home base.

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