YouTube Fridays

YouTube Fridays: Assault Rifles of the JGSDF (and the killjoys who catch or deflect their brass)

Japan has fielded two indigenous assault rifle designs in the postwar era. The first is the Howa Type 64, seen here. What is up with the guy holding the grease shield over the ejection port? Is the GSDF really that concerned about flying brass? Guys, that’s what brooms are for. The hollow plink-plink of a rifle bullet...

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YouTube Fridays: Urban Warfare

Japan is heavily urbanized, with only about 4% of the population engaged full time in agriculture. In case of war, fighting in urban areas would be certain. In the first video, taken at a urban warfare training facility somewhere in Japan, a Type 74 tank leads an infantry section. The tank remains stationary and provides...

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YouTube Fridays: SDF Recruiting Videos

The SDF has some odd recruiting commercials. Unlike U.S. military recruiting commercials, which often emphasize the opportunity to operate weapons and engage in combat, the SDF tends to emphasize things such as fashion, the opportunity to fly, and…dancing. Three different uniforms, but what exactly would she be doing in the Air Self Defense Force? Unknown....

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YouTube Fridays: The SDF and time travel

A few months ago I came across a strange movie called G.I. Samurai. I haven’t even watched it yet, but really, I’m just waiting for the right moment. (You don’t open an expensive bottle of wine at ten in the morning.) I’m not sure how I would describe this film, so I’ll have to let...

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YouTube Fridays: FLAMETHROWERS!

Almost every modern army in the world has retired the flamethrower. The U.S. Army retired them sometime around Vietnam, substituting the somewhat mysterious M202 Flash in its place. The last Russian design was, if I remember correctly, the LPO-50, and that design is at least fifty years old. (The Chinese probably still use flamethrowers. But...

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YouTube Fridays: JDS Hyuga

According to my blog stats, one of the biggest draws to this site are the MSDF’s new “helicopter destroyers”. People are very interested in them. There’s not a lot of good information on them in the English language press, but there is a lot on YouTube. Even though most of it is in Japanese, it...

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