Creating Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force, 1945–2015
~Japan has one of the most storied warrior traditions in the world, embodied by such iconic figures as the samurai, the kamikaze pilot, and even the ninja. Warriors ruled Japan for over 800 years and members of the warrior...
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~Soldiers of the Imperial Japanese Army loomed like supermen during the first six months after Pearl Harbor, “a solid wall of uniform strength that nothing could wear down and in which every soldier was an ideal fighting...
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~Ashida was the first Japanese governmental official to articulate publicly an interpretation of war-renouncing Article 9 that allowed Japan to rearm for self-defense. Ashida was not as singular in his conception of the need for Japan to be able to defend itself as it might seem at first, either in Japan or the United States.
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~The Japanese sword is made with a core of iron, to give it strength, and a shell of steel, which can be sharpened into its cutting edge.~. Kanzan Satō, The Japanese Sword: A Complete Guide, trans. Joe Earle,...
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~America, as the occupying power, ordered Japan to disarm and Japan complied. The occupier then codified a renunciation of war and permanent disarmament in a new constitution, and the acting government elites in Japan ratified the document, though some elites, at least, felt the War Renunciation Article left some wriggle room to allow arming for...
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Creating Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force, 1945–2015
~The 1950s may have been the decade when a key part of Japan’s national identity, whether or not it would be a country possessing an army like other countries, was most energetically contested. Yet from the 1960s until the present, the contestation has continued. With the issue not completely...
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~Despite Nakasone’s efforts the structures put in place and habits formed since the defeat militated against a more autonomous Japanese defense capability, and funneled efforts toward a policy emphasis on limitations; a focus on what Japan could not do, rather than on what Japan could or should do. The National Defense Program Outline, created...
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~The first half of the 1990s were a time of great change for Japan’s security policies, precipitated, at first by the so-called turning point (tenkanten)~. Christopher W. Hughes,...
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~All cultures have heroes, and all cultures tell stories and present images of these heroes to entertain, extol or teach virtues like duty and courage and to explore themes like the meaning of life. What John Dower means...
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~When I mentioned to a GSDF general officer I was thinking of calling a history of the GSDF I was writing A Sword Well Made, he asked if I meant a sword as a weapon or as a work of art? The answer to...
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~Abe, Shinzo, 181,...
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~David Hunter-Chester is a retired U.S. Army officer who lived in Japan, five different times, for a total of 15 years. He received his Ph.D. in East Asian History from the University of Kansas. He lives in Kansas with his beautiful bride of more than 30 years and is a proud grandfather.
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