Yausubetsu Training Area
Yausubetsu Training Area of JGSDF Northern Army is located on the northernmost island of Japan, Hokkaido.
United States Army Japan, the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) Ground Staff Office, and the JGSDF Northern Army conducted North Wind 01 FTX in October 2000. This exercise provided a unique bilateral opportunity to exchange doctrinal concepts, skills and knowledge, and to develop long lasting personal friendships.
In February 2001 more than 500 Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division (Light) and U.S. Army, Hawaii deployed to Yasubetsu Contonement Area and Yasubetsu Training Area, Hokaido, Japan. Northwind 01 is a bilateral Field Training Exercise sponsored by the 27th Regiment, 5th Infantry Division of the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force. The purpose of the exercise is to improve U.S. and JGSDF tactical operations under field conditions and to demonstrate small unit actions and battle drills to develop an understanding of each other's capabilities.
Male and female exercise participants are billeted at Yausubetsu Training Area. Western style toilets are available in these facilities. Towels and padlocks, etc. for billeting purposes are not issued by 17th ASG. VIP billeting is designated and controlled by the 17th ASG, Site Support Officer-in-Charge (OIC). No linen is provided. Personnel use sleeping bags. There is a Japanese bathhouse with ofuro available for US use. Hot water (shaving and hygiene) is available in a limited number of sinks in the lavatories. Only a limited number of small cabinet-style wall lockers are provided. Personnel should be prepared to secure their valuables in locked duffel bags. The HQ CMDT/35th S&S Bn, through each unit's senior noncommissioned officer (NCO), coordinates Police Call, building maintenance, cleaning, and inspections. An Army Post Office (APO) extension is located in Building 39 at Yausubetsu TA. Multiservice postal support for US participants is provided. Participating units designate an individual to serve as mail clerk with the responsibility to pick up and distribute respective personal mail. Designated mail clerks report to the APO upon arrival at the exercise site to coordinate mail pick up times. Mail pick up times depend on the transportation delivery schedule. Postal services include stamp sales, registered mail, certified mail, and insured mail. A limited number of videos/movies are available for sign-out from a point to be determined for use in all dayrooms. The main dayroom has a big screen television providing Armed Forces Network programming including the seasonal professional sports (National Football League, National Basketball Association playoff games, etc.
Hokkaido, the northernmost of the four main islands of Japan, has long been considered Japan's last frontier because it has a harsh climate, is sparsely settled, and is the least industrially developed area of the country. Situated between latitudes 40 degrees 21 minutes and 45 degrees 31 minutes north and longitudes 139 degrees 20 minutes and 148 degrees 53 minutes east, Hokkaido is separated from Honshu by the Tsugaru Strait and from Sakhalin by the Soya Strait. On the west lies the Sea of Japan, on the northeast, the Sea of Okhotsk and on the southeast is the Pacific Ocean. Hokkaido occupies a land mass of 83,515km2 (approximately the size of Georgia and S. Carolina combined). The population is nearly 5.6 million; about 4.8% of Japan's total. Hokkaido is generally mountainous with relatively low ranges extending north to south dividing the island into two almost equal parts. Its many hills, vast plains, plateaus, basins and drainage basins give it a most distinctive topography. Much of the non-flat land areas are covered by rich forests, active volcanoes, a multitude of rivers and geothermal springs.
Hokkaido's climate is comparable to that of southwestern Canada and the northern European countries. It varies from district to district, influenced by such factors as the surrounding warm and cold sea/ocean currents, topography and geophysical location. Basically, its climate is characterized by a short autumn; long, snow-filled winter, and a mild spring and summer. The heaviest snowfall occurs in the mountainous area facing the Sea of Japan, where snow sometimes reaches 3m in depth. In the eastern area, snowfall rarely measures more than 51cm.
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