A Japanese Look at RIMPAC 2012

This video provides a Japanese perspective on the RIMPAC 2012 exercise in the Pacific.

It was produced by NHK News and aired on July 20, 2012.

It has been provided to SLD by Shin Shoji from NHK TV Japan.

A translation of the video has been provided to SLD and appears below for downloading.

US Strategy Clarified in Military Exercise RIMPAC

One point made during the presentation is as follows:

“As Chinese military activities become more brisk, the meaning of participating in RIMPAC is changing greatly for Japan.  The Maritime Self-Defense Forces trained for the first time with the Australian navy, which has never happened before.  It is minesweeping training…. “

We are publishing a series on the evolution of Japanese defense and security policy and this video and some others provided by NHK provides a Japanese perspective on some of the Pacific strategy issues facing the U.S. and its allies in the decade ahead.

"If everyone is thinking alike, someone isn’t thinking."

—General George Patton Jr.

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