Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Me-So was right!

I stand corrected. Apparently Japan has had the ability to invade California all along:
With its official operational date fast approaching, Japan’s first Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade kicked off the bilateral Iron Fist 2018 exercise on Friday with an opening ceremony alongside its Marine Corps hosts. It wasn’t a time for long speeches.

Over the next month, 350 soldiers with the Japan Ground Self Defense Force will train closely with Marines to hone skills that will run the gamut from amphibious reconnaissance and fire-and-maneuver assaults to close-air support and staff planning. They will fire mortars and artillery, land on beaches aboard rubber boats and assault craft and attack and defend “friendly” land from foes in various training scenarios.

The soldiers are members of Western Army Infantry Regiment, a light infantry force that Japan has tasked with creating the first brigade of sea soldiers – with the goal to be ready by April 1, 2018 – that can conduct amphibious operations ultimately as part of a broader “dynamic joint defense force.”

This year’s Iron Fist exercise – it runs from Jan. 12 to Feb. 12 – marks the 13th iteration of the annual training that focuses on amphibious operations, with I Marine Expeditionary Force as a primary host.
Time to dust off those old Japanese internment camps. Well done, Michelle!

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Blogger Akulkis January 17, 2018 8:06 AM  


Interesting timing. They want to go from participating in an exercise to being operational/deployable in about 45 days.

That's either complete confidence in their troops' ability to learn quickly from the Marines, or crazy bravado-laden arrogance.

Why the rush to be operational as a beachhead expeditionary force by 01 April?

Anonymous VFM #3606 January 17, 2018 8:11 AM  

I wonder how many of the visiting Japanese will ship sombreros home.

Blogger Akulkis January 17, 2018 8:11 AM  

I wonder if Yamoto's OPPLAN included getting the USMC to train the IJA for landings on California beaches?

Blogger Dave January 17, 2018 8:18 AM  

Apparently Japan has had the ability to invade California all along

Hmmm, is there a comic book in there somewhere?

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Blogger The Kurgan January 17, 2018 8:36 AM  

Man in the High Castle wasn't fiction, it was an operations manual in I-Ching code!

Blogger Revelation Means Hope January 17, 2018 8:43 AM  

Amusing that they are called the "Western Army". Which is their side facing North Korea, a place the Japanese truly hate.

I suppose it could mean they are housed in the Kansai region. I like to think that it means they are getting serious about North Korea. First time Japan has openly spoken about developing capabilities that are nearly useless for defense but very important for offense since WWII.

Blogger Bobiojimbo January 17, 2018 8:54 AM  

This isn't entirety new. While the Japanese aren't allowed to have aircraft carriers like the US Navy's Nimitz class, the Japanese are allowed to have helicopter carriers, which are just as modern as the US's.

Anonymous English Tom January 17, 2018 8:54 AM  

I don't think this is aimed specifically at Norht Korea. The Japs have been bulging up their amphibious capabilities for. While. This includes their helicopter carriers. My guess is they are expecting a (probably) Chinese Island grab and so they need to be able to seize ground back from hostile invaders, hence a heavy focus on marine type forces.

Blogger Bobiojimbo January 17, 2018 8:56 AM  

@English Tom Not mention the islands that were given to the Russians after WWII as well.

Anonymous Looking Glass January 17, 2018 8:56 AM

I've seen this mentioned many times before, but I hadn't actually gone to look up Vox's points on the matter. I didn't realize Malkin had made a "to prevent Invasion" argument for the Internment.

There's perfectly rational defenses for the actions of the US Government, but preventing Invasion definitely isn't one of them. Though they had the civilians acting like it was distinctly possible. (If the Japanese had sunk the entire Pacific Fleet, they couldn't have even captured Hawaii.)

Blogger Akulkis January 17, 2018 8:57 AM  

"...defending and attacking friendly territory..."

Anonymous Looking Glass January 17, 2018 9:01 AM  

@9 Bobiojimbo

Abe has been trying to cut some sort of deal with Putin to acquire those. It's the unspoken context of a lot of their discussions. Japan is currently quite proud of having good relations with both Russia & the USA.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine January 17, 2018 9:08 AM  

@Akulkis, nothing like the smell of "friendly" fire in the morning!

Blogger Zerk J January 17, 2018 9:13 AM  

The Japs had to be interned because there would have been spies among them just as today Chinese Americans pass secrets to the Chinese. Can you imagine Japanese Americans running around a US city after Iwo Jima or waging war protests? Give me a break. Yes it was wrong to steal their property and intern them. You know what else is stupid and wrong? Multicultural states. You know what else is stupid and wrong? Pretending that nations are bult on individualism. War is a collective enterprise. Only cuckservative midwits would apply individual moral judgements to the necessities of war.

Anonymous E Deploribus Unum January 17, 2018 9:15 AM  

The Supreme Dark Lord never forgets.

Anonymous Überdeplorable Psychedelic Cat Grass January 17, 2018 9:24 AM  

Fridrick Fridricksson! You can't make a name like that up!

I think, for what's it worth, that interment was the right call. Yes, invasion wouldn't happen but espionage was enough of a concern.

Anonymous BBGKB January 17, 2018 9:38 AM  

Don't forget China created a few islands & is challenging ownership of others.

OT: ""James Gunn"" tries the same trick TRUMP did with Obama's birth & college transcripts. What would be the best response to piss off all those who defended Obama passing up millions that could have been given to charity. Definitely check the scale with a 100 lb weight first if going thru with it.

‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Director James Gunn Offers $100,000 If Trump Will Step On A Scale

Blogger Dave January 17, 2018 9:52 AM  


I find VD's argument beyond preposterous. While he is correct that invasion was never a credible threat, he seems to think the U.S. should have allowed Japanese saboteurs and spies to operate on U.S. soil because they would not have affected the overall war effort.

Anonymous Looking Glass January 17, 2018 9:54 AM  

@15 Überdeplorable Psychedelic Cat Grass

The Empire of Japan claimed all descended Japanese as citizens of the Empire, which is a minor problem when you have 10k+ subjects of the country you're at War with running around. The main reason to do it is a classic: Diversity + Proximity = War. Or, in the case of 1940s West Coast: Alcohol + War Death News + Progressives + Unprotected Minority = Revenge Killing.

Given even the Union violence from Leftists in LA & San Fran in the decades prior, it was going to get ugly fast, and then there'd be collateral among the Chinese there as well. Internment was the correct decision, given the reality on the ground, but taking most of their possessions wasn't. But this was run by Progressives, they haven't seen an unprotected minority they won't steal all of the possessions from, which is another good reason to prevent Progressives from having any political power.

Blogger rumpole5 January 17, 2018 9:57 AM  

It was a war. The Japanese bombed our cities and killed Americans. We had the right to exclude a group with possible spies or saboteurs from the west coast. In WWI the goverment sent agents into German Lutheran churches and forced the pastors to preach in English so that they could take notes. (I had this first hand in the early 80's from an elderly co-congregant at St. Marks Lutheran Church in Orlando, Florida). War is tough, and when you have a group that is identifiably connected to an enemy trying to kill you, you are not goung to take any chances. As Mao said, the fish swim in the sea. Well, if you can, drain the damn sea!

Blogger Zerk J January 17, 2018 10:19 AM  

@10 & @17. Correct. The US wasn't obligated to take a single bomb or sniper shot fron any Jap-American. If you still don't get it then just consider it a draft. They were drafted into the internment camps. The other problem with VD's argument is that VD has the benefit of hindsight. Monday morning quarterbacking WW2.

Blogger Lazarus January 17, 2018 10:26 AM  

Aaaaand......... Their off!

Blogger Lazarus January 17, 2018 10:27 AM  

Aaaaaaaaaaand.....They're off!

Blogger U PC BRO? January 17, 2018 10:35 AM  

There is no doubt Malkin was an idiot here. Still, she is a strong Trump/MAGA supporter and has been doing good work lately, particularly in her tireless attempts to free Daniel Holtzclaw. So I guess she deserves a mulligan.

Blogger Dave January 17, 2018 10:41 AM  

Jumped the gun? False start?

Blogger Ingot9455 January 17, 2018 10:42 AM  

The only problem is that if they call themselves graduates of the Iron Fist exercise, people who might otherwise surrender would laugh at them. Alternately, they might fall asleep, which might be the secret of the technique.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan January 17, 2018 10:57 AM  

Roger McGrath who writes for "Chronicles" had a slightly different take on the Japanese on the west coast.

Blogger Akulkis January 17, 2018 11:17 AM  


"The only problem is that if they call themselves graduates of the Iron Fist exercise"

No military organization, or even military serviceman, does any such thing... so.....

Blogger Stilicho January 17, 2018 11:18 AM  

I see it's time to dust of the equine mummy pinata

Blogger Mr.MantraMan January 17, 2018 11:26 AM  

I'll bet the Japs could sell a few of those rifles pictured if they made a civilian version.

The JDSF might need a Marine Corps modeled more on the Swedish type with their spiffy little speed boats that carry a squad.

Anonymous Brick Hardslab January 17, 2018 11:26 AM  

Japan has hundreds of troops. With that many trained soldiers they could probably take a medium sized township nearly anywhere within twelve miles of a landing zone. And at least two hundred miles from a military base. They could probably defend the beach head for hours getting the cities services better organized and repairing our pretty cruddy road system.

Blogger Lazarus January 17, 2018 11:34 AM  

Jumped the gun? False start?

f-f-f-f-at f-f-f-f-inger

Blogger Josh (the sexiest thing here) January 17, 2018 11:40 AM  

the zombie horse returns

Blogger Duke Norfolk January 17, 2018 11:59 AM  

Zerk J wrote:Yes it was wrong to steal their property and intern them. You know what else is stupid and wrong? Multicultural states.

Yes. This is one of the many things illuminated by my red pilling. The mistake wasn't in interring the Japanese, it was in letting them in to start, not to mention giving citizenship.

It's really oh so simple when you see the truth.

Anonymous Napoleon 12pdr January 17, 2018 12:08 PM  

Vox, those aren't Japanese Internment Camps. Those are the DACA Repatriation Camps...and the Rebellious Democrat Elected Official Minimum Security Prisons.

I figure it's a fair question whether Trump will start Operation LOCK DEMS UP or Operation SEND DACAS HOME first.

Anonymous English Tom January 17, 2018 12:35 PM  

@ Looking Glass

Definitely agree that Japan would like a deal with Russia re: The Kuriles. My perception is that the Japs are expecting an aggressive Chinese move re: the Senkaku Islands (claimed by both Japan & China). This may or may not coincide with a push on Taiwan.

The important point to note is this. The one thing the Chinese leadership fear more than anything is mass social disorder which could overthrow the system. Rather than have that they will engage in military adventurism and seize an island or two, uniting the Chinese masses in a nationalist fervour. Think Argentina 1981, when the people were clamouring for the junta's removal. As soon as they invaded the Falklands everyone against the junta was suddenly singing its praises.

In the UK in 1981 we had severe social turbulence (Toxteth riots det al) and Thatcher was hated. After the Falklands she is loved. Human nature eh! Marvelous.

Blogger Azimus January 17, 2018 12:56 PM  

As long as they don't adopt names that translate to "First Element" or "Special Naval Landing Force", I see no reason to be nervous...

Blogger Cataline Sergius January 17, 2018 1:04 PM  

I see the Japanese have four...count'em four AAV-7s. Which will give them the ability to deploy 48 Japanese Marines to any coastline that can be assaulted by an AAV-7, which is about 18% of them worldwide.

The current amtrac was first deployed in 1972 and last I knew can make about six knots in the water.

Clearly this will add to Japan's formidable tradition of amphibious warfare.

Interoperability between the Japanese Army and the Navy was kept to an absolute minimum due to their mutual hatred of each other. There is always a degree of rivalry between a country's army and navy, it can in fact be healthy. In Japan's case however the relationship had turned utterly toxic. They actively and openly loathed each other to the point of actively sabotaging each others ongoing operations.

The invasion troops would have "landed," if that is even the word, on a coral reef that was two hundred meters from the beach. They would have been wading in chest deep water for six hundred feet at a speed that was absolutely perfect for target practice. No specialized equipment, no amphibious doctrine and no real training for this kind of frontal assault.

It would have still been possible to take the island if operational surprise had been absolute.


There was a Japanese reconnaissance submarine parked just outside of Midway. Her captain's reports should have wholly altered the operational plan or canxed it entirely. Yamamoto's Operation MI was heavily dependent on catching his OPFOR completely off guard.

The American PBYs at Midway were all gone from dawn to dusk. Which meant the Americans were patrolling heavily and at great range. There were construction lights and heavy equipment activity running through out the entire night, every night. Which meant the Marines were digging in and digging in deep. Beaches were being mined and barricaded. The surf was also being mined and barricaded. It would have been reasonable to assume that the Marines were entrenching their lines of communication, (which they were BTW) as well as entrenching themselves. This was not the pointless activity of an ambitious base commander. The Marines were clearly and obviously expecting a hell of a fight.

There would be no operational surprise. The Japanese amphibious troops were doomed.

Blogger Jimmy The Freak January 17, 2018 1:08 PM  

Wait ... is the authors's name really Gidget Fuentes? Who names their child Gidget?

Anonymous WaterBoy January 17, 2018 1:23 PM  

Stilicho @27: "I see it's time to dust of the equine mummy piñata."


The mare, she transubstantiates, her long scattered atoms and molecules reassembling from across the currents of space and time.

Blogger Robert Sullivan January 17, 2018 1:43 PM  

I don't Really understand why this is big enough news to write about here Vox. This seems like pretty standard training exercises going on, Unless there is something I'm missing here.

Blogger Bobiojimbo January 17, 2018 1:46 PM  

@Looking Glass. Good point. Even as I wrote it, I realized Japan is unlikely to want to challenge Russia.

Anonymous SGOTI January 17, 2018 3:07 PM  

" Oh, no, you don't. You thought you was gonna get me to show you where Hollywood was, didn't ya? Tried to sneak up on us, like ya did at Pearl Harbor! Bet you're gonna bomb John Wayne's house, ain't ya?"

Maybe '1941' will become real. Anything seems to be able to happen in this Trumpian timeline.

Blogger Longtime Lurker January 17, 2018 5:48 PM  

The Western Army Infantry Regiment tops out at 680 men! That's an under-strength rifle battalion by USMC standards and a woefully undersized force compared to China's Marine Corps, which is being expanded from 20,000 up to maybe 100,000 personnel. Japan is clearly banking on active U.S. military support in the event of military difficulties with China. But 680 light infantry?! That's a grab-it-before-China-does capability, and not much else.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash January 17, 2018 6:28 PM  

Jimmy The Freak wrote:Wait ... is the authors's name really Gidget Fuentes? Who names their child Gidget?
Sr and Sra Fuentes, obviously.

Anonymous Jigger January 17, 2018 7:43 PM  

Japan-man dindu nuffin! He a good boy. Gonna grow to be a rapper.

Blogger TontoBubbaGoldstein January 17, 2018 7:48 PM  

I don't Really understand why this is big enough news to write about here Vox.

You had to be there
Occasionally Vox will harken back to the golden days of yore with posts pertaining to Michelle Malkin/Japanese West Coast Invasion, Calvinism, Inflation Vs Deflation when TSHTF, the Robo-spanker etc.

Anonymous WaterBoy January 17, 2018 7:57 PM  

I thought that was Nate who discovered the robo-spanker?

The old gray matter, She ain't what she used to be....

Anonymous lawyer guy January 17, 2018 8:51 PM  

Interesting. The Peoples Liberation Army Marne Corps goes from 20k on the way to 100k and opens bases in West Africa.

So Japan sends a company to the US Marines to form a cadre for their Marines. I stake out 2 Brigades by 2022 as my guess for manning.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine January 17, 2018 10:11 PM  

"I see it's time to dust of the equine mummy pinata"

What can I say, percussing desiccated flesh makes the nicest crunching sound.

Blogger Revelation Means Hope January 18, 2018 12:27 AM  

good way to separate the newbies from the veterans.

Vox posted this because it amuses him to do so. No further reason needed.

You know, that horse was dead. Then beaten, then resurrected as a zombie, beaten some more, until is like a desiccated paste on the ground. And still Vox brings it back every so often for a little more piñata action.

Let this be a warning about Vox's ability to keep pounding on Scalzi, and SJWs. The ride never ends.

Anonymous FrankNorman January 18, 2018 7:11 AM  

The JDF does one little bit of join training with another nation, and people are going "Oh no, Imperial Nippon Rising!" again?

Blogger Were-Puppy January 18, 2018 2:58 PM  

@43 Jigger
Japan-man dindu nuffin! He a good boy. Gonna grow to be a rapper.

First time I saw one was in Shenmue

Blogger DonReynolds January 18, 2018 6:09 PM  

No one seems to remember that the Japanese did invade US territory on more than one occasion.

The Philippine Islands were US territory at the time.

Wake Island was also US territory and fought off the first attempted invasion but was badly crushed the second time.

The Japanese also invaded a couple of the Aleutian Islands of Alaska (Attu and Kiska) in an attempt to draw the US Navy away from Midway Island. After holding the islands for over 14 months, the Japanese evacuated the last island before a fleet of 95 ships landed 35,000 troops (including 5,300 Canadians) and 168 aircraft.

Blogger DonReynolds January 18, 2018 6:16 PM  

If the Japanese find it too much of a political challenge to change their own constitution, so they can have a military organization again....I would be in favor of the US establishing a Japanese Legion, like the French Foreign Legion to circumvent that limitation.

I am sure rules could be written to enable the Japanese to serve in All-Japanese units, with their own uniforms, using US military equipment, under their own officers.

Anonymous ScottMillerHaggus January 21, 2018 6:28 PM  

New to Vox Day's blog and just thought I would comment on the important stuff first. Gidget Fuentes has been around, some of my old units were subjects of her "investigative journalism" back when she was writing for the Marine Corps Times. And yeah, Fridrik Fridrikson is a heck of a name, he was and probably still is, a phenomenal shot with a rifle.
But as far as the Japanese go, they will be cannon fodder for a fight with North Korea. As individuals, they are great soldiers and warriors, as an organization, they will be lucky to all show up at he right place and right time for an invasion. They would be further ahead partnering with us, and just being back fills throughout the Army or Marine Corps. Just one man's professional opinion.
Love the blog and the commentors.

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