JSDF

Bill approving “Space Force” military branch moves forward in Japan’s parliament

Japan comes closer to establishing their own Space Force, but no plans for mecha in sight so far.

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Foreign student/cosplayer arrested in Tokyo for having fake Self-Defense Forces ID

He calls it a cosplay accessory, police call it a forgery.

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Netizens annoyed that Japan Self-Defense Forces had to announce that aid workers can use restrooms

It should really just be common sense, they say

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Japan Self-Defense Forces enlist handsome anime boys to try to attract new human recruits

Fresh-faced 2-D spokesmodels follow years of anime girl recruitment posters.

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“Pantie”-flashing anime girl Japan Self-Defense Forces recruiting poster shot down by critics

”Those aren’t panties” claims regional recruiting office, but critics aren’t convinced.

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JSDF doesn’t just protect from foreign invasion, it tackles sharks and obesity too【Videos】

We learn what to do when a shark attacks, and that the Japanese Self-Defense Forces enjoy giving each other piggy-backs. Read More

Contest aims to find the most beautifully muscled member of Japan’s Self-Defense Forces【Video】

Entrants to show their toned bodies and deliver snappy salutes to the audience.

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Rice “raised on fighter jet roars” from Ishikawa Prefecture is sure to break the flavor barrier

And it’s all thanks to the Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s F-15s (and an Ishikawa-based vendor).

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Japanese government reveals that it has no defense plan against UFO invasions

Japanese citizens alternatively relived and disappointed to learn their government isn’t spending time planning how to fight aliens.

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Japanese sergeant major uses body to shield soldiers from volcanic debris, gets killed himself

Fearless hero saved lives in exchange for his own during recent Mt. Kusatsu-Shirane eruption.

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Anime-themed Japan Self-Defense Forces recruitment campaign makes odd poster boy choice

Child soldier magician encourages people to join the real-life JSDF.

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Field Ration Stamina Rice Bowl from the JSDF Family Mart is so good Mr. Sato wants to enlist

Could this be Mr. Sato’s true calling in life?

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We investigate a Japanese military base convenience store – no need to enlist!

Courageously protecting Japan with the aid of garrison-exclusive convenience store meals and socks.

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Japanese professor concerned that female soldiers would be “naked” after bombs blow off clothes

Tries painting a dark picture of constitutional amendments, raises eyebrows for colorful imagination that resembles naughty anime or video game.

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Self-Defense Force member arrested for carrying two screwdrivers

What kind of monster would carry TWO flathead screwdrivers at the same time?

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Japan’s Ministry of Defense unleashes the power of “Moe Marketing”

Are anime girls on aircraft and recruitment posters enough to moe-tivate you to join the Japanese Self Defence Forces?

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Kumamoto kids thank Self-Defense Force for earthquake relief work with touching handmade awards

Little youngsters’ moving gesture has us ready to cry big old tears.

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Kochi high school set to launch Self-Defense Force training course, government totally unaware

In a recent interview, the head of Kochi Chuo High School, Masahisa Chikamori, announced that the school would be starting a Self-Defense Force Course in 2016. This course would provide students with the skills and knowledge needed to join Japan’s armed protective organization, including some combat training.

However, both the Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology admitted they were unaware of this training program when questioned about it.

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New anime Gate entertains, tries to recruit you to the Japan Self-Defense Forces at the same time

We’ve seen the Japanese Self-Defense Forces get quite creative with trying to entice new recruits, but never before have we seen them do an all-out official collaboration with an anime.

And Gate is the perfect anime for them to team up with. It’s about the JSDF traveling through a portal to another world, taking down monsters, teaming up with cute girls, and just generally making it look like joining them would be the most amazing thing ever.

You can bet the JSDF is milking it for every last drop they can, starting with posters that are giving us a strange urge to visit our local recruitment center.

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Chinese news broadcast shows Japan’s “military might” by airing video of Gundam 【Video】

It’s no secret that Japan and China don’t like each other very much. So when the official government news channel in China aired a segment discussing Japan’s Self-Defense Forces, it comes as no surprise that there would be some exaggerations.

However, one exaggeration was too huge to just let slip by. While the news broadcast was showing videos of Japan’s aircraft and ships, one image of a giant Gundam mech somehow snuck into the mix. Those Chinese reporters are probably going to want to double-check their source on that one.

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