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The Air and Ground self-defense forces, in an unprecedented move, will transport U.S. Marines from Okinawa when they conduct their first live-firing drills in Hokkaido later this month, a GSDF official said Sept. 4.

The GSDF will mobilize a total of roughly 40 oversize trucks and buses to transport some 380 Marines and their luggage to the GSDF’s Yausubetsu facility from the nearest airport while the ASDF airlifts the troops from Okinawa on Sept. 7 and 15, the official said. No military equipment will be included in the luggage, the official said.

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