Japan’s Sexy Sailor Contest Boosts Popularity of Military
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  • reaalistx

    It looks as if somebody has concluded that the United States can’t be relied upon to protect them.

    • xbox361

      and they will take care of themselves. Vietnam, S Korea, Russia, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and the Uighers and Tibetans in China give the Red Chinese headaches even as the US becomes a paper tiger.

  • In ten years it will be Israel and Japan defending what’s left of the free world.

  • JMcMahon

    Nice Yukio Mishima shout out. Banzai!

  • Roy_Mustang2

    Ha. 35 years of Japanese Gundam worship contradicts your thesis. Girls Und Panzer does not represent Japanese militarization. It is much more about the girls than the panzers.

  • submandave

    The greatest positive effect on the public image of the Jieitai is not some new revived nationalism, but was the JSDF response in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. The Ministry of Defense and Jieitai acted promptly and correctly and saved lives and bolstered public confidence while the rest of the government dithered, sputtered, and looked to play the blame game.

    As for the not-so-veiled intimations of renewed potentially dangerous Japanese nationalism, I think the author is far from the mark. Twenty or thirty years ago concerns from PRC or ROK about the Japanese past were often more genuine and based in memory, but today they are primarily used as political fodder. The Japan of 2013 is not the Japan of 1933, nor are the Japanese people the same. Then you had several generations that had seen Japan grow and prosper as a modern world power after the Meiji restoration by following the Western colonial model or expansion and militarism. Today you have several generations that have seen a regrowth of Japan in prosperity and world power following the peaceful dictum of Article 9. The Japanese today believe just as sure in the non-aggression and anti-war philosophy in their Constitution as the generations in the past believed in colonialism and the “Co-Prosperity Sphere.”

    What you are seeing recently, though, is a Japan that is starting to ask “how much is enough?” Many Japanese feel that if their neighbors will forever insist upon judging Japan based upon its actions seventy years ago, especially when its politically expedient to do so, then its a fool’s game to even try and appease them. Many Japanese feel that Japan, by its actions and demonstrated commitment to peaceful resolution, has earned back its right to govern its own affairs, including its defense, on a par with every other nation. Many Japanese feel that a sincere commitment to non-aggression does not mean they have to be resigned to acquiesce to the desires of those neighbors who are not so circumspect in the use of force to achieve their national goals. As another poster commented, many Japanese look to the historical examples of Vietnam and, more recently, Iraq and Afghanistan as view with concern overt US outreach to PRC, including technology sharing and military cooperation, and wonder if it is in their national interests to place all their security eggs, especially in dealing with PRC, in the one basket of the US-Japan Alliance.

    These are not the rumblings of a resurgent Japanese militarism, but the careful deliberations of a government that takes seriously both its commitment to Article 9 and its responsibilities to protect its people’s national interests.

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