Prior to the kickoff of exercise Yama Sakura 75 at Camp Higashi-Chitose in Hokkaido, Japan, Soldiers from America's First Corps, U.S. Army Japan and Japan Northern Army, gathered to share cultural traditions and discuss professional development topics related to both Armies.

The exercise highlights the strength of the close, long-standing relationship the United States has with the country of Japan and the Japan Ground Self Defense Force .