Japan-U.S. Bilateral Exercise “Forest Light“


From December 7th to 18th, 2020, the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) conducted the Japan-U.S. Bilateral Exercise “Forest Light” with the U.S. Marine Corps in Sekiyama Training Area, Somagahara Training Area and Camp Somagahara.

“Forest Light” aims to enhance bilateral cooperation and improve bilateral response capabilities by conducting field training for bilateral operations upon the respective chain of command of the JGSDF and U.S. Marine Corps. 

Approx. 400 personnel from the 30th infantry regiment, 12th Brigade of the Eastern Army and approx. 500 personnel from the 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division participated in this exercise.

In addition, six MV-22s of U.S. Marine Corps joined in this exercise as well, and carried out the training relocation of MV-22s stationed at MCAS Futenma to mitigate the impact on Okinawa. 

Bilateral exercises in peace time are considerably important for not only maintaining and enhancing the bilateral response capabilities, but also improving the tactical skills of respective forces. Considering these points, the MOD/Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) will continue to enrich bilateral exercises.

Published by the Japanese Ministry of Defence.