U.S. and Japan strengthen alliance at Yama Sakura 75
1 / 8 Show Caption + Hide Caption – America's First Corps and Japan Northern Army Soldiers work together with the help of interpreters to communicate ideas and strategies during Yama Sakura 75 at Camp Higashi-Chitose, Hokkaido, Japan, Dec. 13, 2018. Over the course of the week-long bil... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
U.S. and Japan strengthen alliance at Yama Sakura 75
2 / 8 Show Caption + Hide Caption – America's First Corps and Japan Northern Army Soldiers work together with the help of interpreters to communicate ideas and strategies during Yama Sakura 75 at Camp Higashi-Chitose, Hokkaido, Japan, Dec. 13, 2018. Over the course of the week-long bil... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
U.S. and Japan strengthen alliance at Yama Sakura 75
3 / 8 Show Caption + Hide Caption – America's First Corps and Japan Northern Army Soldiers analyze maps and positioning strategy during Yama Sakura 75 at Camp Higashi-Chitose, Hokkaido, Japan, Dec. 13, 2018. Over the course of the week-long bilateral exercise, the U.S. Army and the Jap... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
U.S. and Japan strengthen alliance at Yama Sakura 75
4 / 8 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Soldiers from America's First Corps and Marines work together in the logistics department during Yama Sakura 75 at Camp Higashi-Chitose, Hokkaido, Japan, Dec. 13, 2018. Over the course of the week-long bilateral exercise, the Japan Ground Self ... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
U.S. and Japan strengthen alliance at Yama Sakura 75
5 / 8 Show Caption + Hide Caption – America's First Corps and Australian army Soldiers work together during Yama Sakura 75 at Camp Higashi-Chitose, Hokkaido, Japan, Dec. 13, 2018. Over the course of the week-long bilateral exercise, the U.S. Army and the Japan Ground Self Defense Forc... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
U.S. and Japan strengthen alliance at Yama Sakura 75
6 / 8 Show Caption + Hide Caption – America's First Corps and Japan Northern Army future operations Soldiers discuss notional plans and strategies during Yama Sakura 75 at Camp Higashi-Chitose, Hokkaido, Japan, Dec. 13, 2018. Over the course of the week-long bilateral exercise, the U.... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
U.S. and Japan strengthen alliance at Yama Sakura 75
7 / 8 Show Caption + Hide Caption – America's First Corps and Japan Northern Army Soldiers analyze maps and positioning strategy during Yama Sakura 75 at Camp Higashi-Chitose, Hokkaido, Japan, Dec. 13, 2018. Over the course of the week-long bilateral exercise, the U.S. Army and the ... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
U.S. and Japan strengthen alliance at Yama Sakura 75
8 / 8 Show Caption + Hide Caption – America's First Corps and Japan Northern Army surgeons work together during Yama Sakura 75 at Camp Higashi-Chitose, Hokkaido, Japan, Dec. 13, 2018. The two Armies have a mutual medical support agreement. Over the course of the week-long bilateral ex... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL

CAMP HIGASHI-CHITOSE, Japan-- Throughout the command post at Camp Higashi-Chitose, Hokkaido, Japan, Soldiers from America's First Corps and the Japan Northern Army discuss ideas and strategies, use interpreters and gestures to navigate the language barrier and learn the nuances in the ways each force operates at Yama Sakura 75, Dec. 10-16, 2018.

About 600 Soldiers from the U.S. Army, including I Corps and the Utah National Guard, are working with the Japan Ground Self Defense Force in the week-long, bilateral exercise to increase cohesiveness and deepen the alliance between America and Japan.

The U.S. Army is augmented by the U.S. Marines, Navy and Air Force during the exercise.

Yama Sakura is a simulation of the defense of Japan in which participants practice the skills and requirements needed to deploy to aid with security of the region. Personnel from multiple sections, including intelligence, current and future operations, logistics, medical and legal, are engaged in the exercise.

The annual exercise moves to a different location in Japan each year, allowing the U.S. to work with each of Japan's five regional Armies.