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Wikileaks: The Self Defense Forces and a Korean Contingency

Wikileaks: The Self Defense Forces and a Korean Contingency

Buried in a United States State Department cable dated July 31st, 2008 is a description of how Japan would respond to a contingency on the Korean peninsula. SUBJECT: DASD MAHNKEN MEETINGS IN JAPAN ON BILATERAL PLANNING JSDF Planning for a Korean Contingency ————————————– ¶9. (S) MOD and JSO representatives gave a presentation on JSDF activities...

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SDF Member Lied About Absence, To Be Fired

SDF Member Lied About Absence, To Be Fired

Mainichi: A male Technical Sgt of the Air Basic Training Wing at ASDF Houfu Minami Air Base will be suspended for lying about the number of training days he attended and altering receipts to hide his absence from work.

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Sankei sits down with Commander of Joint Disaster Response Taskforce

Sankei sits down with Commander of Joint Disaster Response Taskforce

An interview with the Commander of the relief effort reveals several challenges faced by the SDF in their response to the Great East Japan Earthquake.

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Yomiuri on one SDF member's quake story

Yomiuri on one SDF member’s quake story

From the Akita edition of the Yomiuri comes the story of a Ground Self-Defense Force Captain whose family were caught up in the tsunami: 3 months after the catastrophe: His family are victims – SDF member on duty in Kamaishi Crunch, crunch… The sound of SDF members stabbing the gravel with their shovels can be...

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GSDF Member Receives Close to Emergency Radiation Limit

GSDF Member Receives Close to Emergency Radiation Limit

A GSDF member working in a 20-man group to cool down reactors at Fukushima Dai-Ichi was exposed to 80.72 millisieverts (mSv).

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MSDF Leading Seaman Exposes Himself, Urinates in Kyoto Library

MSDF Leading Seaman Exposes Himself, Urinates in Kyoto Library

SDF Leading Seaman Shigeki Otsuka (22) was arrested and is being charged for assault and public obscenity after being caught exposing himself to a woman in a library in Kyoto Prefecture and possibly urinating.

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Misa Sakurabayashi: Bravery and Determination Beyond Reason

Misa Sakurabayashi: Bravery and Determination Beyond Reason

After being told to stop, a GSDF company commander replied, "I know. We know, but no matter what we can't stop. It might be illogical, but no matter what... Am I wrong?"

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MoD Team Investigates After-Operation Care for SDF Members

MoD Team Investigates After-Operation Care for SDF Members

Hajime Hirota: The relentless harshness of SDF operations on the ground are a great burden on their body and spirit. They need not just mental health care, but also family support, social welfare, and public relations support.

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SDF Members Foil Attempted Murder in Ishinomaki

SDF Members Foil Attempted Murder in Ishinomaki

Asagumo: On May 17th, Air Self-Defense Force members dispatched on disaster relief operations in Miyagi Prefecture assisted in the arrest of a suspect involved in an attempted murder incident at a hospital in Ishinomaki.

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Misa Sakurabayashi: The Meaning of Self-Sufficiency

Misa Sakurabayashi: The Meaning of Self-Sufficiency

Misa Sakurabayashi explores the technical and human side to military self-sufficiency.

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Pew Research Poll: Most Japanese Happy With SDF Response to the Earthquake

95% of the respondents said that the SDF's response to the disaster was good - ranking it significantly higher than the media, government, Prime Minister and the Tokyo Electric Power Company.

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Weekly Playboy: Post-Quake Image Boost Sees SDF Recruitment Rise

Weekly Playboy: Post-Quake Image Boost Sees SDF Recruitment Rise

Weekly Playboy: Post-quake support for the SDF has resulted in greater interest at the recruitment offices.

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