UNRELEASED | Jan. 29, 2010
The Japan Self Defense Forces and United States Forces Japan, with the
assistance of relevant agencies, conducted the US-Japan Bilateral Exercise
(Command Post Exercise) Keen Edge 2010 from the 19th-29th of this month.
The major commands of both the United States and Japan participated to
verify and exercise bilateral US-Japan actions for the defense of Japan, as
well as Japan Self Defense Forces actions and US-Japan cooperation in reaction
to situations in areas surrounding Japan, with the aim of maintaining and
improving our bilateral joint operations capability; the exercise was
completed, having achieved the aforementioned goals.
The improvement of close cooperation between the U.S. Forces and the Self
Defense Forces through this training has contributed to the maintenance and
strengthening of trust, and to the deterrent effect of the US-Japan Security
This year is an important year for the alliance in that it marks the 50th
anniversary of the conclusion of the US-Japan Mutual Cooperation and Security
Treaty. U.S. forces and Japan Self
Defense Forces intend to continue their diligent efforts toward the enhancement
of the US-Japan bilateral exercises in order to preserve our solid bond, and to
improve the effectiveness of the US-Japan bilateral exercises in the defense of
Japan as well as the peace and prosperity of the Asia-Pacific region.