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Help me ID these Japanese historical figures

Can anyone tell me who these men are? I recognize Saigo Takamori, but the rest are a mystery to me. I’m guessing the other three have some Choshu/Satsuma link as well. Source revealed in a day or two. Thanks!

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GSDF helicopters to Pakistan–how they got there

I found this graphic on the Ministry of Defense web site. Here’s the whole thing. If I follow it correctly, the 3 UH-1 Huey medium lift and 3 CH-47 Chinook heavy lift helicopters sent to Pakistan arrived via three different ways. - The 3 UH-1 Hueys were sent via C-130 Hercules transport. - 2 of...

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Suicide and the Self-Defense Forces

Japan has a national problem with suicides, and the Self-Defense Forces are no exception. According to the Defense Ministry, from fiscal 1994 to 1997 the number of suicides among administrative officials and service members was between 40 and 69 per year, but increased gradually before hitting 100 suicides in fiscal 2004 and 101 in fiscal...

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How to increase Japan’s defense budget without getting anyone killed

Stop people from killing themselves. According to official figures, suicides in Japan killed more than 32,000 people last year. Each suicide cost the Japanese government approximately $1,000,000, for a total of $32 billion USD. The government in Japan says suicides and depression cost its economy almost 2.7tn yen ($32bn; £21bn) last year. The figures refer...

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Japan restates claim to Takeshima/Dokdo

Japan has repeated its position that Takeshima — Dokdo to Koreans — is a part of Japan. South Korea voiced “deep regret” on Friday over Japan’s renewed claim to the Dokdo islets in the Sea of Japan. The statement, issued by the South Korean foreign ministry, came in response to the Japanese claim in an...

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Japan to buy UUV

Japan plans to buy an unmanned undersea vehicle (UUV) for underwater prospecting. The probes that have been conducted using equipment on Japan Coast Guard survey ships are only capable of gathering precise data to a depth about 200 meters. The submersible being sought would look like a 10-meter-long rocket and would be able to submerge...

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