Japan To Take Part In Joint RIMPAC Exercise With The US Despite Pandemic
The Japanese Navy intends to take part in the RIMPAC (Rim of the Pacific Exercise) joint naval exercise with the United States, which will take place in August off the coast of Hawaii. Defense Minister Taro Kono told reporters on Friday.
"We expect the Japanese Navy to participate in the RIMPAC exercise," the head of the Department said. From the point of view of preventing infection with a new coronavirus, it is better not to create conditions for the contact between people. But I do not believe that military exercises of warships are associated with such a risk."
According to the US Navy's Pacific Fleet, the exercise will take place from August 17 to 31. They have been held in the Pacific ocean since 1971, usually once every two years. Rimpac's permanent members are the United States, Canada, and Australia. In 1980, Japan joined the maneuvers, and in 1990, the Republic of Korea.