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Japan Plans Special Force for Island Defense

TOKYOYuka Hayashi reports:  Japan plans to establish a 3,000-troop unit specializing in amphibious operations “as swiftly as possible,” the defense minister said, publicly outlining details of the new unit for the first time as tensions with China continue over disputed islands. 450 more words

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Japan to change laws, empower military with more defensive options

Japan has the only non-military military; calling their forces the “Japan Self Defense Forces,” but constitutionally-bound to only defend itself…and even that is limited.  SCAP, the Supreme Commander of Allied Powers, originally drew up a constitution that severely restricted the Japanese; however, after the outbreak of the Korean War and the (fearful) spread of Communism, the United States changed their position on Japan and attempted to strengthen its military ability through the 1952 San Francisco Treaty.   170 more words

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Japan Self-Defense Forces show off their feminine side with 2014 calendar

Images of the 2014 Japan Self-Defense Forces calendar depicting beautiful women in uniform have been popping up on portal sites around Japan. The calendars were created to raise awareness of the JSDF and to “lift morale.” However, with this year’s choice to use, not actual members of the Japan Self-Defense Forces, but bikini model Azusa Yamamoto, among others, we have a feeling this calendar will be lifting a lot more than morale.

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