Japan, U.S. wrap up joint military exercises
December 10th, 2010
03:57 AM ET

Japan, U.S. wrap up joint military exercises

The United States and Japan wrapped up seven days of joint military exercises Friday, as tensions simmered on the Korean peninsula.

About 40,000 U.S. service members and Japanese military personnel took part in the exercises that the U.S. Air Force called the largest joint, bilateral field training exercise between the two nations. It was the 10th such exercise since 1986.

The "Keen Sword" drills took place on military sites in Okinawa, mainland Japan and the waters surrounding it, according to officials.

They focused on air and missile defense, base security and force protection, search and rescue and maritime defense. More than 400 aircraft and at least 60 ships took part, officials said.

The drill is not directed at any nation, officials said. Rather, it was intended to practice and evaluate the procedures needed to respond to the defense of Japan or a regional crisis

The drill took place days after South Korea and the United States wrapped up joint military exercises on the Yellow Sea.

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    what they can do to prevent another NK attack?

    December 10, 2010 at 4:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Dak

      Echo station 3-T-8, we have spotted Imperial walkers.

      December 10, 2010 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Awgh! time for rice wine and sushi!

      December 10, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      ...and geisha girls...

      December 10, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Dak

      It's a trap!

      December 10, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ed Bailey

    Pearl harbor celebration?

    December 10, 2010 at 4:24 am | Report abuse |
  3. Bob

    You should be ashamed of yourself Ed Bailey.
    Past performance is no indication of future behavior.
    We should always encourage our allies to defend themselves.
    Plus these war games encourage other countries to warfight in a more conventional fashion.
    With out this venue the fancy pants weapons of the war machine would never get any use.

    December 10, 2010 at 5:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Dak

      I'm terribly sorry about all this. After all, he's only a Wookiee!

      December 10, 2010 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  4. Frank

    You boys need to enlist in the U.S.Military and see the world because all of you seem to be living in a World of Warcraft ,Star Wars Fantasy Land.

    December 10, 2010 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Dak

      Thank you, Lord Vader.

      December 10, 2010 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Frankly Frank,
      Your opinion means nothing. Untill you have established a record of non rediculous replies you will have zero credibility.
      For one, I did serve in the United states Military. For two, I have no idea what world of warcraft is. For three, I am well versed in fantasy land.
      Let me tell you somthing. Fantasy land is the place i enjoy the most because it is much funner place than reality land.
      Reality land is a place where folks want to secure as much resource for themselves as posssible. Reality land is a place where my ass is completely kicked. Reality land is harsh, discouraging, tiring, and time consuming.
      Now in fantasy land anything can happen and the only restraint is imagination.
      You have a nice day Frank. You bully.

      December 10, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Cesar

    @Bob. To the contrary, past performance can be used as an indicator for future performance such as felons who want parole, the accuracy of weather forecasters, sports teams, students with behavior problems, etc.

    December 10, 2010 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Dak

      He's all yours, bounty hunter.

      December 10, 2010 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  6. Cesar

    @Bob . I thought you knew better than that. More examples for Bobby: The reliability of cars, the winning record of a lawyer, the performance of a stock, the final product of a movie like Ron Howard-Awesome movies. If its got his name, I'm buying the ticket. Too many examples to mention, Bob.

    December 10, 2010 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Dak

      All too easy.

      December 10, 2010 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  7. Tae

    I think we need to send NK a clear message!

    December 10, 2010 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Dak

      You have your moments. Not many of them, but you do have them.

      December 10, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. phil

    @Cesar...I agree except for sports. Read "The Fix is In" and learn how it's perfectly legal for the NBA, NFL, Nascar, etc. to fix their own games. There are court cases involving this matter. Like the one where an NBa ref was ordered by the NBA to fix games. The court ruled this practice is perfectly legal. This book is a fascinating read.

    December 10, 2010 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Dak

      I am altering the deal. Pray I don't alter it any further.

      December 10, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Cesar

    @Phil. I haven't seen any of Tomcat's posts. When is he coming back? Too busy with the family or work I guess, right?

    December 10, 2010 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Dak

      It's not my fault.

      December 10, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Frank

    You need to stop living in your parents basement and get a job.
    Plus I was in the service from 1968 to 1974 in southeast asia

    December 10, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |