Yama Sakura 65
December 5, 2013
Camp Higashi-Chitose in Hokkaido, Japan - Yama Sakura (YS) is an annual, bilateral exercise with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) and the U.S. military. The exercise rotates each year to one of the five JGSDF regional armies. Co-hosted by U.S. Army Pacific and the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, this year's player units will be the U.S. Army I Corps and the JGSDF Northern Army. Yama Sakura 65 (YS65) will be conducted at Camp Higashi-Chitose in Hokkaido, Japan, from Dec. 8-14.
Yama Sakura is the largest command post exercise that focuses predominantly on the bilateral and joint planning, coordination, and interoperability of ground-based elements of the U.S./Japan security alliance.
The exercise will be comprised of approximately 1000 U.S. forces and 4000 JGSDF forces. Air and naval forces will also have representation to allow for joint planning.
YS65 underscores a continued commitment by the United States and Japan to work as dedicated partners in support of the U.S.-Japan security alliance and for peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region.
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