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Hajime Funada (LDP): Increasing Public Bond with the Self-Defense Force

Hajime Funada (LDP): Increasing Public Bond with the Self-Defense Force

Hajime Funada, an LDP politician, writes on the SDF's surge of goodwill following the Tohoku Earthquake.

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YouTube Fridays: The History of GSDF Tanks, in Plastic

The history of Japanese postwar main battle tanks in plastic.

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MSDF in New Hollywood Film, "BATTLESHIP"

MSDF in New Hollywood Film, “BATTLESHIP”

For the first time, the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force is set appear to appear in a Hollywood film. “BATTLESHIP”, based on the popular board game, is a movie about a multinational naval task force exercising off Hawaii and encountering a hostile alien sea flotilla. Click here for the trailer. The “multinational naval task force...

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Tanks of the GSDF (in plastic)

Tanks of the GSDF (in plastic)

Model maker Tasca has announced the latest GSDF tank to be released in plastic model kit form, the M4A3E8. The M4A3E8, considered ultimate version of the Sherman tank, served with the U.S. Army in World War II, as well as the Korean War. Here’s a pic of the cover art, courtesy the excellent Perth Military...

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Miyuki Nakajima's "Jidai" as Played by the Eastern Army Band [Youtube Friday]

Miyuki Nakajima’s “Jidai” as Played by the Eastern Army Band [Youtube Friday]

The GSDF Eastern Army Band covers a classic by one of Japan's most beloved female singer-songwriters Miyuki Nakajima.

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Sci-Fi and The Self-Defense Forces: "Godzilla"

Sci-Fi and The Self-Defense Forces: “Godzilla”

An analysis of the SDF in the first Godzilla film, 1954's "Gojira", or "Godzilla".

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Sapporo Snow Festival

Sapporo Snow Festival

JSW friend Masahiro Taniguchi sent in some pictures from the Sapporo Snow Festival. Just for refreshment like “Bambi and GSDF,” I’m sending the photos I took today at Sapporo Snow Festival. As you can see it’s a snow statue of anchor of ship and according to the info plate, it was built by US Navy....

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US Forces Japan publishes Japanese manga

US Forces Japan publishes Japanese manga

In an attempt to explain to the Japanese people why U.S. military forces are in Japan, U.S. Forces, Japan has released their new manga, Our Alliance: A Lasting Partnership. The manga is about a Japanese and American child who form an unlikely friendship and together explore the nature of the U.S. – Japanese relationship. The manga...

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SDF recruiting center in Tokyo

This article’s a few years old but still interesting. Curzon from ComingAnarchy.com recounts a visit of his to a Self Defense Forces recruiting center in Tokyo. Specifically, in Shibuya, by the Bic Camera. (If you’ve seen the film Lost in Translation and remember the dinosaur scene, this place would be about a block from there.)...

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YouTube Fridays: JGSDF visits Tamiya

When I was a kid, I built plastic models of tanks. I built 1/35 scale tanks, and my favorite brand was Tamiya. Tamiya, a Japanese company, has been building models since the end of World War II. Way before the Internet and the ability to easily find thousands of close-up pictures of armored vehicles and...

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YouTube Fridays: Tank Drifting

Drift racing is a national motorsport hobby in Japan. It’s not quite up there with NASCAR, but drifting has its own unique subculture and fan base. Drifting has slowly been catching on in the United States, with movies such as “Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift”. Even Cindy McCain, John McCain’s wife, does it. [tube]...

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Who says Japan and South Korea can’t get along?

From The Daily Yomiuri: “South Korea lost to Uruguay and we could not reach the quarterfinals,” President Lee Myung Bak told Prime Minister Naoto Kan at the G-8 summit in Toronto on Saturday evening. “But we hope that Japan, as representatives of Asia, will accomplish what we could not.” (Link) Hey, isn’t that nice?

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