Thursday, August 9, 2018

How Capable are Japan’s Self-Defense Forces? Let’s Just Say, Hi-Tech

It is true that Japan’s Self-Defense Forces do not have autonomous defense capability against a major threat, especially one with a nuclear weapons capability. It is incorrect, however, to say that Japan’s SDF are incapable. To the contrary, Japan possesses a high technology anti-invasion, anti-submarine, and air defense capability. From 2001 to 2009 they operated professionally and impressively in the Indian Ocean, have contributed to and commanded anti-piracy patrols in the waters off Somalia and the horn of Africa. 

Married to the Army: Japanese Women Recruit Husbands from Self-Defense Forces

Women in Japan are increasingly interested in finding a future partner from the ranks of the SDF, apparently because the men are good at cooking, washing, cleaning and repairing things. The SDF’s public image also got a huge boost in the wake of the 2011 Tohoku disaster, where thousands of soldiers were dispatched to take part in rescue and recovery operations.

Japan to Raise Maximum Age for New Recruits to Boost Dwindling Military Ranks

Japan’s military plans to raise the maximum age for new recruits in a bid to cope with a shrinking pool of potential soldiers due to the country’s low birth rate and fast-ageing population.

Beyond the F-35 or F-22: What Will the Sixth-Generation Fighter Aircraft Look Like?

Japan Aegis BMD (JFTM-1) Stellar Kiji Success, B-Roll