A Petty Officer Third Class assigned to the submarine rescue vessel JS Chiyoda apparently had a mental breakdown after being ordered to the Tohoku disaster zone for a second tour. Kyodo says:

A 31-year-old Maritime Self-Defense Force member was arrested Wednesday after exposing himself in public at a rental video shop in Yokohama’s Konan Ward, in an apparent bid to escape being sent to a disaster-relief operation in Iwate Prefecture and engaging in further corpse retrievals at sea. (Kyodo)

The Mainichi Daily News adds a quote from the sailor:

“The last time I went I felt a lot of stress. I thought that if I got arrested, I wouldn’t have to go up there again,” (Mainichi)

Retrieving the badly-decomposed bodies of civilians, especially the elderly and children, must be very difficult work. Despite having the gratitude of the nation, it still can’t be an easy job for a traditionally garrison-bound military whose members have not had to grapple with the horrors of modern warfare. It might be of use to Japan to investigate the post-traumatic stress research the U.S. and its allies have done to help veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan.

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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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