British soldiers train in Japan for first time as part of fortnight-long ...

British soldiers have joined forces with their Japanese counterparts for the first time on their soil as part of a fortnight-long exercise to strengthen ties between the two countries. 

Fifty soldiers from the Honourable Artillery Company (HAC) have been deployed to the slopes of Mount Fuji where they met with the Japanese Ground Self-Defence Force.

British generals said Japan would not have to 'fight alone' as North Korea continues to develop its nuclear programme, and China builds up its presence on disputed islands in the South China Sea.

Fifty soldiers from the Honourable Artillery Company (HAC) were deployed to the slopes of Mount Fuji where they met with the Japanese Ground Self-Defence Force on Tuesday 

Fifty soldiers from the Honourable Artillery Company (HAC) were deployed to the slopes of Mount Fuji where they met with the Japanese Ground Self-Defence Force on Tuesday 

During the exercise, troops demonstrated their rapid-reaction capabilities using a Chinook helicopter in front of dozens of Japanese journalists

During the exercise, troops demonstrated their rapid-reaction capabilities using a Chinook helicopter in front of dozens of Japanese journalists

British generals said Japan would not have to 'fight alone' as North Korea continues to develop its nuclear programme, and China builds up its presence on disputed islands in the South China Sea

British generals said Japan would not have to 'fight alone' as North Korea continues to develop its nuclear programme, and China builds up its presence on disputed islands in the South China Sea

'Japan remains one of our most important strategic partners in the Asia-Pacific region and we welcome the opportunity to develop strong bi-lateral ties as well as demonstrate the UK's approach to joint exercises,' Lt General Patrick Sanders told the Daily Telegraph. 

'No nation operates alone and we want to assure Japan that they will not have to fight alone either.

'Stability in Asia is essential to stability around the world and the UK is opposed to any change in the status quo by force. 

During the exercise, troops demonstrated their rapid-reaction capabilities using a Chinook helicopter in front of dozens of journalists.  

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