U.S. Ambassador Hagerty visits Yama Sakura 75
1 / 16 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Pacific Commanding General, Gen. Robert Brown welcomes U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Ambassador William Hagerty, to Camp Higashi-Chitose, Hokkaido, Japan, Dec 12, 2018, during Yama Sakura 75. Hagerty toured the camp and spoke about the signific... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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2 / 16 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Pacific Commanding General, Gen. Robert Brown, and America's First Corps Commanding General, Lt. Gen. Gary Volesky, welcome U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Ambassador William Hagerty, to Camp Higashi-Chitose, Hokkaido, Japan, Dec 12, 2018, during... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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3 / 16 Show Caption + Hide Caption – The U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Ambassador William Hagerty, meets officials from the Japan Northern Army during Yama Sakura 75 at Camp Higashi-Chitose, Hokkaido, Japan, Dec 12, 2018. Hagerty toured the camp and spoke about the significance of the allia... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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4 / 16 Show Caption + Hide Caption – The U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Ambassador William Hagerty, speaks at a brief at the Combined Operation Integration Cell during Yama Sakura 75 at Camp Higashi-Chitose, Hokkaido, Japan, Dec 12, 2018. Hagerty toured the camp and addressed the significan... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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The U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Ambassador William Hagerty, attends a brief at the Combined Operation Integration Cell during Yama Sakura 75 at Camp Higashi-Chitose, Hokkaido, Japan, Dec 12, 2018. Hagerty toured the camp and addr... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army)
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6 / 16 Show Caption + Hide Caption – The U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Ambassador William Hagerty, attends a brief at the Combined Operation Integration Cell during Yama Sakura 75 at Camp Higashi-Chitose, Hokkaido, Japan, Dec 12, 2018. Hagerty toured the camp and addressed the significance... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
U.S. Ambassador Hagerty visits Yama Sakura 75
7 / 16 Show Caption + Hide Caption – The U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Ambassador William Hagerty, speaks to American and Japanese service members at the Combined Operation Integration Cell during Yama Sakura 75 at Camp Higashi-Chitose, Hokkaido, Japan, Dec 12, 2018. Hagerty toured the cam... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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8 / 16 Show Caption + Hide Caption – The U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Ambassador William Hagerty, speaks to American and Japanese service members at the Combined Operation Integration Cell during Yama Sakura 75 at Camp Higashi-Chitose, Hokkaido, Japan, Dec 12, 2018. Hagerty toured the cam... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
U.S. Ambassador Hagerty visits Yama Sakura 75
9 / 16 Show Caption + Hide Caption – The U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Ambassador William Hagerty, presents a coin of recognition to Capt. Andrew Keopraseuth, America's First Corps, during Yama Sakura 75 at Camp Higashi-Chitose, Hokkaido, Japan, Dec 12 2018. Hagerty toured the camp and addr... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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10 / 16 Show Caption + Hide Caption – The U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Ambassador William Hagerty, presents a coin of recognition to Capt. Andrew Keopraseuth, America's First Corps, during Yama Sakura 75 at Camp Higashi-Chitose, Hokkaido, Japan, Dec 12 2018. Hagerty toured the camp and addr... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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11 / 16 Show Caption + Hide Caption – The U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Ambassador William Hagerty, presents a coin of recognition to Maj. Go Inomata, Japan Northern Army, during Yama Sakura 75 at Camp Higashi-Chitose, Hokkaido, Japan, Dec 12 2018. Hagerty toured the camp and addressed the s... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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12 / 16 Show Caption + Hide Caption – From left to right, The U.S. Army Japan Commanding General, Maj. General Viet Xuang Luong, Deputy Commanding General of U.S. Army Pacific North, Australian army, Maj. Gen. Roger Noble, U.S. Army Pacific Commanding General, Gen. Robert Brown and Ameri... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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13 / 16 Show Caption + Hide Caption – From left to right, the U.S. Army Japan Commanding General, Maj. General Viet Xuang Luong, America's First Corps Commanding General, Lt. Gen. Gary Volesky, Deputy Commanding General of U.S. Army Pacific North, Australian army, Maj. Gen. Roger Noble... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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14 / 16 Show Caption + Hide Caption – American ambassador to Japan, Ambassador William Hagerty (left) and U.S. Army Pacific Commanding General, Gen. Robert Brown, attend a lunch with officials from the U.S. Army and the Northern Japan Army during Yama Sakura 75 at Camp Higashi-Chitose, H... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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15 / 16 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Deputy Commanding General of U.S. Army Pacific North, Australian army, Maj. Gen. Roger Noble,America's First Corps Commanding General, Lt. Gen. Gary Volesky, American ambassador to Japan, Ambassador William Hagerty and U.S. Army Pacific Commanding Ge... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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16 / 16 Show Caption + Hide Caption – American ambassador to Japan, Ambassador William Hagerty attends a lunch with officials from the U.S. Army and the Northern Japan Army during Yama Sakura 75 at Camp Higashi-Chitose, Hokkaido, Japan, Dec 12, 2018. Hagerty discussed the importance of ... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL

CAMP HIGASHI-CHITOSE, Japan-- The U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Ambassador William Hagerty, met with officials and toured Camp Higashi-Chitose, Hokkaido, Japan, during Yama Sakura 75, Dec. 12, 2018.

Hagerty joined U.S. Army Pacific Commanding General, Gen. Robert Brown, America's First Corps Commanding General, Lt. Gen. Gary Volesky, the Japan Northern Army Commanding General, Lt. Gen. Masato Taura, U.S. Army Japan Commanding General, Maj. General Viet Xuang Luong, Deputy Commanding General of U.S. Army Pacific North, Australian army, Maj. Gen. Roger Noble, for a look at the facilities, a meeting in the Combine Operations Integration Cell and a luncheon.

Hagerty visited to see the general operations of the exercise and speak about the importance of the alliance between the United States and Japan. He also awarded Capt. Andrew Keopraseuth, current operations officer, America's First Corps, and Maj. Go Inomata, Japan Northern Army, with coins of recognition for their efforts in Yama Sakura.

During Yama Sakura 75, America's First Corps is partnering with the Japan Northern Army in an exercise that simulates the defense of Japan in a scenario in which I Corps Soldiers would deploy to aid in the security of the region.

Yama Sakura is a bilateral exercise between the Japan Ground Self Defense Force and the U.S. Army, augmented by the Marines, Air Force and Navy. It strengthens the partnership between the two forces by combining capabilities and experience.

There are about 600 total U.S. military personnel and 4,600 Japanese personnel engaged in Yama Sakura this year.

"I want to thank all of you for your leadership and wonderful capability with the Japan Ground Self Defense Force," Hagerty said.

Hagerty is the 30th U.S. Ambassador to Japan. As the ambassador, Hagerty is a representative of the American government, as well as Unites States agencies, in Japan. Ambassadors are appointed by the President of the United States.