The U.S. and Japan have a lot of mutual history, and it hasn’t always been because of good things. During World War II, the Japanese Imperial Army attacked America at Pearl Harbor, one of the lowest and most sinister attacks in history because the two countries were not at war at the time. It was actually the attack on Pearl Harbor that forced America’s entry into the second World War. As a result, the U.S. dropped the first two nuclear weapons ever to be used on mainland Japan to force the country’s surrender, and practically the marked the end of WWII.
Fast forward seven decades later, and you’ll find a military and economic alliance like no other one in the planet. As a result of this military alliance, the U.S. has vowed not only to protect Japan against foreign military attacks, but also to maintain an active and significant military presence in the archipelago. In this video, U.S. Marines with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 267 conduct aerial live-fire training utilizing the AH-1Z Viper attack helicopter and UH-1Y Venom helicopter in Okinawa, Japan. This is undoubtedly a very powerful alliance.