The SDF's work has been far from glamorous, but the boost in public support is a good sign for the embattled troops

The SDF's work has been far from glamorous, but the boost in public support is a good sign for the embattled troops (Source: Go Go Erie)

Japan Today has an interesting article discussing a Weekly Playboy post on the post-quake wave of support for the SDF. The magazine published a Q&A while discussing the rise in recruitment figures. Although they have become respected in the immediate aftermath of the Tohoku earthquake, it is likely that those who sign up have yet to currently consider what they are getting themselves into; from the same article:

“Never, ever, have I been deployed to any scene so shocking,” Weekly Playboy hears from one four-year veteran. He was in Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, searching through rubble for survivors hopefully, corpses if worse came to worst, as it usually did. “I found my first within five minutes, a man in a car, already dead. Since then, I’ve found dozens of bodies. For the first few days, I couldn’t sleep. Some troops were hit really hard, emotionally. Mental health care squads are out making the rounds. Still, compared to what the victims are going through, our suffering is no big deal.”

Read the full article at Japan Today.

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A former contributor to World Intelligence (Japan Military Review), James Simpson joined Japan Security Watch in 2011, migrating with his blog Defending Japan. He has a Masters in Security Studies from Aberystwyth University and is currently living in Kawasaki, Japan. His primary interests include the so-called 'normalization' of Japanese security (i.e. militarization), and the political impact of the abduction issue with North Korea.
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