Japanese, U.S. marines practise airborne assaults in sign of deepening cooperation

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By Tim Kelly TOKYO (Reuters) – In a sign of deepening military cooperation between Japan and the United States, amphibious Japanese troops and U.S. Marines on Tuesday practised airborne landing assaults together for the first time. Japan is revising a decade-old national security strategy this year in the face of China’s growing military assertiveness. The upgrade to defence policy guidelines is expected to call for the country to take a more active role alongside Washington in regional security. The drills in the foothills of Mount Fuji on Tuesday involved 400 troops from Japan’s Amphibious R…

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