Japan Considers Joining Joint United States-Philippines Military Drills

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has been looking into the possibility of Japan joining the Balikatan military exercise next year, held between the United States and the Philippines.

Marcos was interviewed by the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines, where he said: “Now, with the inclusion of Japan, and to some of these exercises that we’ve been doing, not only Balikatan but others, I don’t see any reason why Japan should not be part of those exercises in the future… And, I think that may be something that we can study.”

Marcos recently joined Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and U.S. President Joe Biden in a trilateral summit at the White House on April 12th, where the three nations’ leaders deepened their longstanding ties and relations.