How Japan got an Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade

Japan’s brand-new “Marines” – or to give them their proper title, the Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade – were activated on March 27. This is no small feat. In 2011 the word “amphibious” was virtually taboo in Japan. Such operations were considered “offensive” and unconstitutional. Officers proposing a Japanese Self-Defense Force (JSDF) with amphibious capability risked a […]