History UsefulNotes / KaijuDefenseForce

16th Jul '17 10:22:04 AM nombretomado
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On the other hand, the Maritime branch is quite large, with lots and lots of destroyers, some more advanced modifications of the AEGIS-capable US ''Arleigh Burke''-class. Japan has begun construction of helicopter carriers, but is not allowed to have actual aircraft carriers due to the self-defense laws. Their [[LoopholeAbuse way around that]] is to simply [[InsistentTerminology designate the carriers as destroyers]][[note]]The word they use [[LostInTranslation actually translates as "Escort"]], but most of their previous ships of that designation were equivalent to American Destroyers and such ships use American-style "DD" hull numbers[[/note]]. Construction has even recently begun on a pair of "destroyers" that are similar in size to World War II aircraft carriers (and, in fact, ''larger than many WW2 aircraft carriers''). Furthermore, unlike the Ground SDF, which conscientiously distances itself from its World War 2 era predecessor, the Maritime SDF retains a large number of traditions from the Imperial Navy, including its conspicuous war flag, which gives an appearance of a SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute, especially from the perspective of Japan's neighbors. Maritime SDF ships also are invariably named after famous IJN warships, though differentiated by the names always being [[UsefulNotes/JapaneseWritingSystem written in hiragana rather than kanji]]. Japan's defense budget is the fifth-largest in the world, and it has "[[TheRestOfTheNuclearClub breakout capacity]]"--i.e. it could start building nuclear weapons at a moment's notice and have results within mere months if it wanted to.[[note]]But they don't and if you know anything about UsefulNotes/WorldWarII [[NuclearWeaponsTaboo you should know why]].[[/note]]

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On the other hand, the Maritime branch is quite large, with lots and lots of destroyers, some more advanced modifications of the AEGIS-capable US ''Arleigh Burke''-class. Japan has begun construction of helicopter carriers, but is not allowed to have actual aircraft carriers due to the self-defense laws. Their [[LoopholeAbuse way around that]] is to simply [[InsistentTerminology designate the carriers as destroyers]][[note]]The word they use [[LostInTranslation actually translates as "Escort"]], but most of their previous ships of that designation were equivalent to American Destroyers and such ships use American-style "DD" hull numbers[[/note]]. Construction has even recently begun on a pair of "destroyers" that are similar in size to World War II aircraft carriers (and, in fact, ''larger than many WW2 [=WW2=] aircraft carriers''). Furthermore, unlike the Ground SDF, which conscientiously distances itself from its World War 2 era predecessor, the Maritime SDF retains a large number of traditions from the Imperial Navy, including its conspicuous war flag, which gives an appearance of a SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute, especially from the perspective of Japan's neighbors. Maritime SDF ships also are invariably named after famous IJN warships, though differentiated by the names always being [[UsefulNotes/JapaneseWritingSystem written in hiragana rather than kanji]]. Japan's defense budget is the fifth-largest in the world, and it has "[[TheRestOfTheNuclearClub breakout capacity]]"--i.e. it could start building nuclear weapons at a moment's notice and have results within mere months if it wanted to.[[note]]But they don't and if you know anything about UsefulNotes/WorldWarII [[NuclearWeaponsTaboo you should know why]].[[/note]]
10th Jul '17 12:32:20 AM Pipcard
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** Note that they are officially called a Self-Defense "Army"
1st Jul '17 4:54:38 PM nombretomado
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According to TheOtherWiki, the JSDF's main policies are:

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According to TheOtherWiki, Wiki/TheOtherWiki, the JSDF's main policies are:
25th Jun '17 11:07:49 AM nombretomado
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Much of these policies arose from the aftermath of UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo and UsefulNotes/ImperialJapan, especially the rampant abuses and societal domination of the [[UsefulNotes/KatanasOfTheRisingSun Imperial Armed Forces]]. The nuclear weapon policy in particular is a reaction to the fact that Japan is the only nation to have ever been attacked with nuclear weapons. The [=JSDF=] is never officially referred to as a "military", "army", "air force", "navy", "{{sentai}}" or any other similar term.

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Much of these policies arose from the aftermath of UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and UsefulNotes/ImperialJapan, especially the rampant abuses and societal domination of the [[UsefulNotes/KatanasOfTheRisingSun Imperial Armed Forces]]. The nuclear weapon policy in particular is a reaction to the fact that Japan is the only nation to have ever been attacked with nuclear weapons. The [=JSDF=] is never officially referred to as a "military", "army", "air force", "navy", "{{sentai}}" or any other similar term.



On the other hand, the Maritime branch is quite large, with lots and lots of destroyers, some more advanced modifications of the AEGIS-capable US ''Arleigh Burke''-class. Japan has begun construction of helicopter carriers, but is not allowed to have actual aircraft carriers due to the self-defense laws. Their [[LoopholeAbuse way around that]] is to simply [[InsistentTerminology designate the carriers as destroyers]][[note]]The word they use [[LostInTranslation actually translates as "Escort"]], but most of their previous ships of that designation were equivalent to American Destroyers and such ships use American-style "DD" hull numbers[[/note]]. Construction has even recently begun on a pair of "destroyers" that are similar in size to World War II aircraft carriers (and, in fact, ''larger than many WW2 aircraft carriers''). Furthermore, unlike the Ground SDF, which conscientiously distances itself from its World War 2 era predecessor, the Maritime SDF retains a large number of traditions from the Imperial Navy, including its conspicuous war flag, which gives an appearance of a SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute, especially from the perspective of Japan's neighbors. Maritime SDF ships also are invariably named after famous IJN warships, though differentiated by the names always being [[UsefulNotes/JapaneseWritingSystem written in hiragana rather than kanji]]. Japan's defense budget is the fifth-largest in the world, and it has "[[TheRestOfTheNuclearClub breakout capacity]]"--i.e. it could start building nuclear weapons at a moment's notice and have results within mere months if it wanted to.[[note]]But they don't and if you know anything about WorldWarTwo [[NuclearWeaponsTaboo you should know why]].[[/note]]

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On the other hand, the Maritime branch is quite large, with lots and lots of destroyers, some more advanced modifications of the AEGIS-capable US ''Arleigh Burke''-class. Japan has begun construction of helicopter carriers, but is not allowed to have actual aircraft carriers due to the self-defense laws. Their [[LoopholeAbuse way around that]] is to simply [[InsistentTerminology designate the carriers as destroyers]][[note]]The word they use [[LostInTranslation actually translates as "Escort"]], but most of their previous ships of that designation were equivalent to American Destroyers and such ships use American-style "DD" hull numbers[[/note]]. Construction has even recently begun on a pair of "destroyers" that are similar in size to World War II aircraft carriers (and, in fact, ''larger than many WW2 aircraft carriers''). Furthermore, unlike the Ground SDF, which conscientiously distances itself from its World War 2 era predecessor, the Maritime SDF retains a large number of traditions from the Imperial Navy, including its conspicuous war flag, which gives an appearance of a SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute, especially from the perspective of Japan's neighbors. Maritime SDF ships also are invariably named after famous IJN warships, though differentiated by the names always being [[UsefulNotes/JapaneseWritingSystem written in hiragana rather than kanji]]. Japan's defense budget is the fifth-largest in the world, and it has "[[TheRestOfTheNuclearClub breakout capacity]]"--i.e. it could start building nuclear weapons at a moment's notice and have results within mere months if it wanted to.[[note]]But they don't and if you know anything about WorldWarTwo UsefulNotes/WorldWarII [[NuclearWeaponsTaboo you should know why]].[[/note]]
9th May '17 11:10:46 AM JackTheHammer
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* JSDF forces have been secretly tracking the fictional characters materializing into the real world in ''Anime/ReCreators'', but it takes a HumongousMecha appearing for them to take overt action against them.



* JSDF forces have been secretly tracking the fictional characters materializing into the real world in ''Anime/ReCreators'', but it takes a HumongousMecha appearing for them to take overt action against them.
9th May '17 11:10:18 AM JackTheHammer
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* JSDF forces have been secretly tracking the fictional characters materializing into the real world in ''Anime/ReCreators'', but it takes a HumongousMecha appearing for them to take overt action against them.
19th Apr '17 8:08:08 PM JackTheHammer
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And speaking of exports, Japanese-designed weapons such as tanks and aircraft (and even the [=JSDF=]'s small arms) were for the longest time never meant to be for export because of laws restricting defense exports. However in TheNewTens, the Ministry of Defense began loosening the restrictions, in part due to the necessity of having Patriot missiles in Japan to defend itself from (mainly) North Korean ballistic missiles. These restrictions have now been done away with as of mid-2014 under the Abe administration, with [[http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/01/18/national/stealth-tech-no-given-in-japanese-sub-deal/#.VOg2k4EsHHI Australia]] now [[http://thediplomat.com/2014/10/australias-delicate-soryu-sub-balancing-act/ looking to purchase]] ''Soryu''-class attack submarines from Japan, the first Japanese arms sale to be done in decades. [[DevelopmentHell This deal is having a lot of problems going through.]]

As of 2015, Japan clearly intends to become a major player in the global arms trade (a market Japanese arms makers had long been restricted from joining), starting with making its first appearance at the [[http://www.janes.com/article/52803/japanese-p-1s-to-visit-riat-djibouti-in-first-overseas-trip UK International Air Tattoo]] marketing its Kawasaki P-1 ASW (anti-submarine warfare) plane. In July 2015, the lower house of the Japanese parliament [[http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2015/07/16/world/asia/ap-as-japan-military.html?_r=0 approved legislation]] that would allow JSDF forces to engage in military operations outside of Japan for the first time since the second world war.

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And speaking of exports, Japanese-designed weapons such as tanks and aircraft (and even the [=JSDF=]'s small arms) were for the longest time never meant to be for export because of laws restricting defense exports. However in TheNewTens, the Ministry of Defense began loosening the restrictions, in part due to the necessity of having Patriot missiles in Japan to defend itself from (mainly) North Korean ballistic missiles. These restrictions have now been done away with as of mid-2014 under the Abe administration, with [[http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/01/18/national/stealth-tech-no-given-in-japanese-sub-deal/#.VOg2k4EsHHI Australia]] now [[http://thediplomat.com/2014/10/australias-delicate-soryu-sub-balancing-act/ looking to purchase]] ''Soryu''-class attack submarines from Japan, the first Japanese arms sale to be done in decades. [[DevelopmentHell This [[ShaggyDogStory The deal is having a lot of problems going through.ultimately fell apart, and Australia decided to buy its submarines from France instead.]]

As of 2015, Japan clearly intends to become a major player in the global arms trade (a market Japanese arms makers had long been restricted from joining), starting with making its first appearance at the [[http://www.janes.com/article/52803/japanese-p-1s-to-visit-riat-djibouti-in-first-overseas-trip UK International Air Tattoo]] marketing its Kawasaki P-1 ASW (anti-submarine warfare) plane. In July 2015, the lower house of the Japanese parliament [[http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2015/07/16/world/asia/ap-as-japan-military.html?_r=0 approved legislation]] that would allow JSDF forces to engage in military operations outside of Japan for the first time since the second world war. Currently, however, they are facing difficulties due to their inexperience marketing outside of their domestic market, as well as the fact that many countries are hesitant to use weapons systems that have not been battle-tested in large-scale conflicts.
17th Apr '17 7:24:17 PM JackTheHammer
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* The Japanese Liberation Front, or JLF, in Anime/CodeGeass is the remains of this force.

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* The Japanese Liberation Front, or JLF, in Anime/CodeGeass ''Anime/CodeGeass'' is the remains of this force.


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* The JSDF starts playing a major role in ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline's'' ''Project Alicization'' arc. Specifically, [[spoiler: Kikuoka and Nurse Aki turn out to be a Ground Self-Defense Force Lieutenant Colonel and Sergeant, respectively, and they are part of a project to develop AIs for warfighting use.]]
16th Jan '17 12:21:19 PM Morgenthaler
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Much of these policies arose from the aftermath of WorldWarTwo and ImperialJapan, especially the rampant abuses and societal domination of the [[UsefulNotes/KatanasOfTheRisingSun Imperial Armed Forces]]. The nuclear weapon policy in particular is a reaction to the fact that Japan is the only nation to have ever been attacked with nuclear weapons. The [=JSDF=] is never officially referred to as a "military", "army", "air force", "navy", "{{sentai}}" or any other similar term.

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Much of these policies arose from the aftermath of WorldWarTwo UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo and ImperialJapan, UsefulNotes/ImperialJapan, especially the rampant abuses and societal domination of the [[UsefulNotes/KatanasOfTheRisingSun Imperial Armed Forces]]. The nuclear weapon policy in particular is a reaction to the fact that Japan is the only nation to have ever been attacked with nuclear weapons. The [=JSDF=] is never officially referred to as a "military", "army", "air force", "navy", "{{sentai}}" or any other similar term.
8th Dec '16 4:33:19 AM CelPrevXXVI
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* Instructor Ami Chouno from ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'' is an officer in the [=JGSDF=], who makes her appearance [[DynamicEntry aboard a LAPES-dropped Type 10 MBT.]]
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