This is a rather unusual story from Okinawa. Housewife’s husband brings home anti-tank rocket in the 1960s. He dies, she throws it out into the backyard. Neighbor gets worried, calls it in to the authorities.

The authorities send a GSDF ordinance team…but the team doesn’t know how to deal with anything made after World War II. They go to the U.S. Marines, who give them training, and will then defuse it in the housewife’s backyard.

Questions that come to mind:

1. How does a Japanese civilian get his hands on a live anti-tank rocket?

2. Why is a ordinance disposal team unable to disarm anything made within the last seventy years?

3. What would the GSDF do if the Marines–many of whom are likely combat veterans–weren’t around?

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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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