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 casing landing on concrete is part of the fun of shooting rifles. You’re ruining the gun fun!

This next video is of the Howa Type 89…hey, you’re doing it again. This time with a minnow-catching net.

This is one aspect of Japanese society that I find a bit much–whenever there’s something to be done, there often seems to be one extra person doing it whose presence really isn’t all that necessary.

This last video starts off promising, with the theme music of my governor’s greatest film, only to actually be from a first person shooter video game. The player starts off in front of a Lawson’s convenience store, which he first shoots with a Type 89, and then switches to a Sig 220 pistol. (Hmm, maybe the oden wasn’t very good.) Then he steals a police car–maybe he’s afraid of being arrested for not catching his brass. I’m guessing this game is more like Grand Theft Auto than Modern Warfare 2.

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A contributor and editor at the blog War Is Boring, Kyle Mizokami started Japan Security Watch in 2010 to further understand Japan's defenses and security policy.
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