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Old July 9 2013, 06:16 PM   #322
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Re: Scotty and his military comment

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Japan's Self Defense Force IS A MILITARY ORGANIZATION!!!
Legally, it is not. Look it up.
You are actually incorrect. This may be YOUR interpretation of their constitution
Significantly, it is also THEIR interpretation of their constitution.

And you don't have to take my word for it but I have actually met members of the Japanese Military...
So did I when we were stationed in Yokosuka. One thing that became clear in a short amount of time was that
1) Japanese people really DO NOT like the concept of a standing military and
2) They feel they do not NEED a military as long as the United States is hanging around.

The SDF is a de facto military by American/English standards of the terms; the Japanese terminology referring to it and its members considers them to be civil servants and employees of the government and they explicitly avoid talking about the SDF in any terms that would be applicable to a military.

The bottom line is that, your legal opinion notwithstanding, a Japanese military is not as illegal as you think.
A MILITARY is illegal. A self defense force is not.
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