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Does Japan currently have a standing Army?

 
 
Reply Tue 11 Jan, 2005 08:47 pm
The WWII treaty forbode a standing Army, but I am wondering if that is still the case.

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Adrian
 
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Reply Tue 11 Jan, 2005 08:53 pm
They call it the "Ground Self-Defense Force" so I guess the answer is no.
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Mr Stillwater
 
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Reply Tue 11 Jan, 2005 09:09 pm
Here's a pamphlet from the Japanese Defense Agency: goto

Japan has supplied both naval support and troops for the Iraq War.
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bayinghound
 
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Reply Wed 12 Jan, 2005 01:53 pm
The Japanese Ground Defense Force is one of the largest standing armies in the world.
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blueveinedthrobber
 
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Reply Wed 12 Jan, 2005 02:08 pm
currently it's night time over there...I think they're lying down right now...
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Wed 12 Jan, 2005 02:18 pm
Article 9 of the constitution of Japan states:

"The Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as a means of settling international disputes."

This is interpreted as permitting a standing army known as the Self-Defense Forces (SDF), but has prohibited those forces from being deployed outside of Japan or possessing nuclear weapons.

Still, with nearly 240,000 military personnel and an annual budget of nearly $50 billion in 2002, Japan's military outstrips Britain's in total spending and manpower.
Source
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Mr Stillwater
 
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Reply Wed 12 Jan, 2005 04:07 pm
Even with some American assistance the army still needs to modernize....

http://www.moviemantz.com/review_shots/LastSamurai1.jpg
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J-B
 
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Reply Fri 14 Jan, 2005 04:13 am
Mr Stillwater wrote:
Even with some American assistance the army still needs to modernize....

http://www.moviemantz.com/review_shots/LastSamurai1.jpg


Laughing


In my opinion SDA is just a concession temporarily. The new generation of Japan (including Junichiro Koizumi) will no longer tolerate their own country without essential forces and relatively poor-ranked political postion and it will ultimately lead them to seek the greater and necessary power which is desperatly needed on the regional and global stage.
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Fedral
 
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Reply Sat 22 Jan, 2005 03:53 pm
Here is a little info on the Japanese Army: HERE

Links to the rst of the Japanese military: HERE
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