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Japanese 'Marines' engage in exercise with maritime defense force

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I like how the word Marines had quotation marks. It's true, there is only one Marine Corp in the world. The US Marines- the one, the only. But good on these men anyway.

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Aughhh, I think you are forgetting the British Royal Marines they are the original Marine corps.

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Ex Para myself but I'd happily state that the Royal Marines are far superior to the US Marines. Sorry, but it's true.

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They are named in the Japanese language as 水陸機動団. That someone translated them as "Marines" does not change their name one way or the other.

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"state that the Royal Marines are far superior to the US Marines. "

I mean.... I can't blame you because you have to root for your team, but you are not really looking at things in perspective.

There are less than 8,000 active Royal Marines. They are trained more like commandos. Spec ops.

There are 186,000 active US marines. So if you put the two against each other on the battlefield it wouldn't even be a joke.

You really need to be comparing the Royal Marines to the MARSOC marine unit if you want a fair comparsion.

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Dudes are looking pretty good and ready to rumble.

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The Empire needs more auxiliary troops from its vassal states, so these guys fit the bill.

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I like how the word Marines had quotation marks. It's true, there is only one Marine Corp in the world.

There's indeed just one US Marines corps but not the only.

As mentioned above marines of other nations are more trained as commandos. A joke going around for ages among Marines of other NATO members on the capabilities of the US Marines: ' Where is the Airforce ?' :)

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Nothing against the Royal Marines, a fine proud fighting force indeed, but they're only as good as their Navy's amphibious force from which they operate. With the Royal navy having only two amphibs total to speak of, the UK's amphibious warfare capability is only effective in isolated engagements. They simply can't be compared to the USMC which is a bonafide global force alongside the USN.

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These lads in the photo look well Gucci in there kit but what is their ethos when it comes to getting the job done? Storming the beachhead banzai style??

is it like the US marines where death on the battlefield is glorious and marines are expected to die for the glory of the Corp?

because the RM will be thinking of getting the job done so he can get back home in time for last orders at the pub. There ain’t no glory in death and he fully intends on going home.

Different ethos altogether.

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Different ethos altogether.

Yep, not so much die gloriously for your country as make sure the other bloke dies for his!

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Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade

That's why Marines is in inverted commas.

Guess in case we need to invade Senkakus or other flyspecks.

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Would be interesting to see them train with Australian forces, maybe using HMAS Canberra etc

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About “Marines...” Maybe “quotation marks” around non-quotes causes “confusion” among “readers,” who are guessing about an intended, and possibly sinister, “meaning.”

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Dudes are looking pretty good and ready to rumble.

Util they return, one by one, in body bags

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Yeah yeah little boys playing the tough guys for the photo while we all know they would get their butt whooped if sent in a real war zone. 

The last time the Japanese tried to play the tough guys did not really end well for them. The photo itself is absolutely ridiculous.

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There are 186,000 active US marines. So if you put the two against each other on the battlefield it wouldn't even be a joke.

There is no single battle field that places that many people in one location. If there was MBTs will be more effective.

Basically it all depends on the terrain and how each side is able to use it to their own advantage.

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C’mon guys, the article is about the new Japanese amphibious force, not comparing your nation’s ‘Marines’...

Good on you Japanese guys, ‘train hard fight easy’!

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"Yep, not so much die gloriously for your country as make sure the other bloke dies for his!"

That's the ticket, englisc! Good job 自衛隊! And, all of us free, peace loving countries are together. We're pulling for each other. A bit o' friendly competition can serve to sharpen each other, but we want to be a strong, united force for peace. Don't tread on us, the free, non expansionist countries of the world. It was tried from the late 1930s to about 1945. Thankfully the aggression lost and Japan has become a great democracy. I'm for it.

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Unbelievable news! Best news I have seen all year! Japan Marines are sending out a signal to all the world: “dont bully Japan or our friends USA. You will never beat us”.

I actually dream of having Japan Navy S.E.A.L forces,based on USA one, once Constitution is re-written in 1-2 years. I hope it comes reality.

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Good for Japan, they need to protect themselves.

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is it like the US marines where death on the battlefield is glorious and marines are expected to die for the glory of the Corp?

Maybe you need to stop watching war movies, that's no Marine I know. They want to get back home just as much as your RMs.

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This is great news. The Japanese are way overdue for a specialized unit.

I wonder how accurate they can shoot at 500 meters. Can they hike 30-35 km with full gear? Most importantly is how they work together as a unit in a combat situation.

i hope they quickly develop their proficiency in amphibious assaults / deployment drills in and around Japan.

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daito_hakMay 8 08:44 pm JST

Yeah yeah little boys playing the tough guys for the photo while we all know they would get their butt whooped if sent in a real war zone.

The last time the Japanese tried to play the tough guys did not really end well for them. The photo itself is absolutely ridiculous.

Actually my late uncle who was a Marine on Guadalcanal told me the Japanese were a tough formidable enemy, and not to believe the nonsense Hollywood movies, It's really no wonder they overran most of Asia. Few if any in the US military don't appreciate that they are on our side now.

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