The Self Defense Forces have finally found a domestic, home-grown insurgency to combat: foot and mouth disease.

As of Sunday, more than 110 farms and facilities in the prefecture have been found to have cows, pigs and other livestock suspected of being infected with the disease, with a total of more than 85,000 domesticated animals subject to slaughtering, according to the prefecture.

At the first meeting at the prime minister’s office, Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama vowed to “make utmost efforts” to prevent the spread of the disease and provide support to farmers.

Apparently Self Defense Force personnel are already involved, but the outbreak is growing, and the government is sending reinforcements.

I went looking for an image to go with this post, but believe me, you don’t want to see one.

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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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