Japan, the United States, and France will hold joint exercises on the southwestern Japanese island of Kyushu from May 11 to 17. This was announced on Friday by Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi.
“France is our ally, which shares the vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific region. We want to strengthen the Japanese-American-French alliance and increase our tactical defensive capabilities,” Kyodo news agency quoted him as saying. In the maneuvers, which will occur in three prefectures in the southwestern part of the country-Kagoshima, Miyazaki and Nagasaki, the Japanese side will also participate in the elite amphibious brigade of the rapid reaction of the maritime self-defense Forces.
The Japanese Self-Defense Forces and the US military have conducted such exercises three times, but France will take part in them for the first time. It is expected that the maneuvers will also involve the MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft.
In recent years, France has been strengthening its cooperation with the countries of the Asia-Pacific region. In particular, regularly, the French military conducts naval exercises “La Perouse” with the participation of Japan, Australia, and the United States. India is due to join them this year.