History UsefulNotes / KaijuDefenseForce

30th Dec '17 3:53:55 PM MagnusForce
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* In the ''Franchise/UltraSeries'', especially in the Showa ones, the JSDF usually aid the Science Patrol and Ultramen, only to prove just as useless as in the franchise's sister, the ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' series. Exceptions with ''Series/UltramanTiga'', ''Series/UltramanNexus'', and ''Series/UltramanMebius'', which are notable for having extremely competent defense forces.

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* In the ''Franchise/UltraSeries'', especially in the Showa ones, the JSDF usually aid the Science Patrol defense teams and Ultramen, only to prove just as useless as in the franchise's sister, the ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' series. Exceptions with ''Series/UltramanTiga'', ''Series/UltramanNexus'', and ''Series/UltramanMebius'', which are notable for having extremely competent defense forces.series.
5th Nov '17 7:06:20 PM Ominae
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* The main character of ''Series/Crisis2017'', Akira Inami, is a former member of the JGSDF's Special Forces Group who left the service after being ordered to commit a political murder [[DirtyBusiness and carrying it out.]]

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* The main character of ''Series/Crisis2017'', Akira Inami, is a former member of the JGSDF's Special Forces Group who left the service after being ordered to commit a political murder [[DirtyBusiness and carrying it out.]] [[spoiler:Yuki Tadashi is a fellow commando who participated in a black op to investigate a bombing that involved the death of his fiancee, which made him turn into a terrorist.]]
4th Nov '17 5:25:16 PM Ominae
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* The main character of ''Series/Crisis2017'', Akira Inami, is a former member of the JSDF who left the service after being ordered to commit a political murder [[DirtyBusiness and carrying it out.]]

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* The main character of ''Series/Crisis2017'', Akira Inami, is a former member of the JSDF JGSDF's Special Forces Group who left the service after being ordered to commit a political murder [[DirtyBusiness and carrying it out.]]
4th Nov '17 3:51:57 PM JackTheHammer
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* The main character of ''Series/Crisis2017'', Akira Inami, is a former member of the JSDF who left the service after being ordered to commit a political murder [[DirtyBusiness and carrying it out.]]
20th Oct '17 11:26:43 PM Breakerchase
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* The JSDF plays a major role in ''Manga/TheSilentService''. JMSDF vessels protect the submarine ''Yamato'' by shooting down Soviet and American antisubmarine missiles. MSDF Captain Fukamachi searches for ''Yamato'' in a diesel-electric submarine. [[spoiler: Later in the story, Prime Minister Takue uniliterally cedes the JSDF to United Nations control.]]

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* The JSDF plays a major role in ''Manga/TheSilentService''. JMSDF vessels protect the submarine ''Yamato'' by shooting down Soviet and American antisubmarine missiles. MSDF Captain Fukamachi searches for ''Yamato'' in a diesel-electric submarine. [[spoiler: Later in the story, Prime Minister Takue Takegami uniliterally cedes the JSDF to United Nations control.]]
20th Oct '17 10:03:40 PM Breakerchase
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* The JSDF plays a major role in ''Manga/TheSilentService''. JMSDF vessels protect the submarine ''Yamato'' by shooting down Soviet and American antisubmarine missiles. MSDF Captain Fukamachi searches for ''Yamato'' in a diesel-electric submarine. [[spoiler: Later in the story, Prime Minister Takue uniliterally cedes the JSDF to United Nations control.]]
16th Sep '17 5:08:21 PM nombretomado
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* A JASDF fighter catches Rei & Takashi on its cameras while doing a recon flight in ''Manga/HighschoolOfTheDead.'' JGSDF forces are also seen securing power plants and setting up blockades to hold off the zombies. The final episode shows a JMSDF destroyer group shooting down 3 out of 4 nuclear missiles that have been launched in a panic thanks to the ZombieApocalypse (the fourth missile was supposed to be taken out by an [[YanksWithTanks American ship]], but the ship got zombified). Later, they also rescue a few survivors from a zombie-infested mall.

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* A JASDF fighter catches Rei & Takashi on its cameras while doing a recon flight in ''Manga/HighschoolOfTheDead.'' JGSDF forces are also seen securing power plants and setting up blockades to hold off the zombies. The final episode shows a JMSDF destroyer group shooting down 3 out of 4 nuclear missiles that have been launched in a panic thanks to the ZombieApocalypse (the fourth missile was supposed to be taken out by an [[YanksWithTanks [[UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks American ship]], but the ship got zombified). Later, they also rescue a few survivors from a zombie-infested mall.
9th Aug '17 4:49:56 AM Occidensill
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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]]

Despite the focus on "self-defense", the [=JSDF=] has participated in the second Iraq war and in UN Peacekeeping operations in Cambodia, East Timor, Mozambique and Golan Heights as the [=LDP=] leans more and more to the right and starts developing a tendency for historical revisionism... well, maybe. It is certainly true that the Japanese have been struggling over the use of the SDF in "peacekeeping" roles, as the laws governing "self-defense" never really went into being the third party. What the change of government will do remains to be seen. It should be noted that many of the restrictions on the [=JSDF=] are based on ''interpretation'' of what constitutes an offensive force or weapon, so in theory it would be easy for the government to change those interpretations.

Japan is currently looking for some new fighter jets. It ''wants'' [[RealLife/CoolPlane the F-22]] ultimately, (good luck with that, as the US has made it clear that ''[[NoExportForYou nobody]]'' [[NoExportForYou gets F-22 exports]]) but is currently evaluating some of the 4.5 generation fighters (and the F-35), although they're also making their own stealth fighter.

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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'').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]]

Despite the focus on "self-defense", the [=JSDF=] has participated in the second Iraq war and in UN Peacekeeping operations in Cambodia, East Timor, Mozambique and Golan Heights as the [=LDP=] leans more and more to the right and starts developing a tendency for historical revisionism... well, maybe. It is certainly true that the Japanese have been struggling over the use of the SDF in "peacekeeping" roles, as the laws governing "self-defense" never really went into being the third party. What the change of government will do remains to be seen. It should be noted that many of the restrictions on the [=JSDF=] are based on ''interpretation'' of what constitutes an offensive force or weapon, so in theory it would be easy for the government to change those interpretations.

Japan is currently looking for some new fighter jets. It ''wants'' [[RealLife/CoolPlane the F-22]] ultimately, (good luck with that, as the US has made it clear that ''[[NoExportForYou nobody]]'' ''nobody'' [[NoExportForYou gets F-22 exports]]) but is currently evaluating some of the 4.5 generation fighters (and the F-35), although they're also making their own stealth fighter.



* In ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', the JSDF frequently deliver TheWorfBarrage to the MonsterOfTheWeek. In ''End of Evangelion'', [[LeaveNoSurvivors they systematically shoot]] '''[[LeaveNoSurvivors everyone]]'''. Even people attempting to surrender. Or--rather, ''especially''--children.

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* In ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', the JSDF frequently deliver TheWorfBarrage to the MonsterOfTheWeek. In ''End of Evangelion'', [[LeaveNoSurvivors they systematically shoot]] shoot '''[[LeaveNoSurvivors everyone]]'''. Even people attempting to surrender. Or--rather, ''especially''--children.



* Two JASDF F-15 fighters show up in ''LightNovel/FateZero'' to investigate on the disturbance in Fuyuki City (namely ''Caster summoning freakin' Chtulhu''). One is downed by the monster, while the other is hijacked by Berserker and used to fight Cthulhu, ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome shooting down Gilgamesh spaceship]]'' and attack Saber before Lancer shoots it down.
* Though only a bit role in the series, the JSDF supplies [[spoiler:Homura Akemi]] with heavy weapons (including ''rocket artillery'') in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''. OK, the "supplying" really should be called "stealing", but [[spoiler:Homura's magical power is only making [[TimeStandsStill Time Stand Still]], which doesn't lend itself to a weapon to fight Witches by itself.]]
* A JASDF fighter catches Rei & Takashi on its cameras while doing a flyby in the anime of ''Manga/HighschoolOfTheDead.'' JGSDF forces are also seen securing power plants and setting up blockades to hold off the zombies. The final episode shows a JMSDF destroyer group shooting down 3 out of 4 nuclear missiles that have been launched in a panic thanks to the ZombieApocalypse (the fourth missile was supposed to be taken out by an [[YanksWithTanks American ship]], but that one got zombified). In the manga (which goes beyond the anime's ending), they also rescue a few survivors from a zombie-infested mall.

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* Two JASDF F-15 fighters show up in ''LightNovel/FateZero'' to investigate on the disturbance in Fuyuki City (namely ''Caster summoning freakin' Chtulhu''). City. One is downed by the monster, while the other is hijacked by Berserker and used to fight Cthulhu, ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome shooting down Gilgamesh spaceship]]'' Cthulhu and attack Saber before Lancer shoots it down.
* Though only a bit role in the series, the JSDF supplies [[spoiler:Homura Akemi]] with heavy weapons (including ''rocket artillery'') weapons, including rocket artillery and antiship missiles, are stolen by Homura Akemi in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''. OK, the "supplying" really should be called "stealing", but [[spoiler:Homura's magical power is only making [[TimeStandsStill Time Stand Still]], which doesn't lend itself to a weapon to fight Witches by itself.]]
''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''.
* A JASDF fighter catches Rei & Takashi on its cameras while doing a flyby in the anime of recon flight in ''Manga/HighschoolOfTheDead.'' JGSDF forces are also seen securing power plants and setting up blockades to hold off the zombies. The final episode shows a JMSDF destroyer group shooting down 3 out of 4 nuclear missiles that have been launched in a panic thanks to the ZombieApocalypse (the fourth missile was supposed to be taken out by an [[YanksWithTanks American ship]], but that one the ship got zombified). In the manga (which goes beyond the anime's ending), Later, they also rescue a few survivors from a zombie-infested mall.



* The Japanese Liberation Front, or JLF, in ''Anime/CodeGeass'' is the remains of this force.
* 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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* The Japanese Liberation Front, or JLF, in ''Anime/CodeGeass'' is the remains of this force. \n We see a few shots of the JSDF getting annihilated during the Brittanian invasion at the beginning of the series.
* Instructor Ami Chouno from ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'' is an officer in the [=JGSDF=], who and makes her appearance [[DynamicEntry aboard a LAPES-dropped Type 10 MBT.]]



* ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' and every other monster movie set in (postwar) Japan, obviously.

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* ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' and every other monster movie set in (postwar) Japan, obviously.logically.



* In the ''Axis of Time'' series of novels by John Birmingham, another JMSDF missile destroyer is among the multinational fleet from 2020 that ends up transported in time back to, you guessed it, the Battle of Midway. Disgusted at not being trusted by the 1940's Americans, and reluctant to possibly kill their own grandparents, most of the crew elects to declare neutrality and become civilians in California, and the ship ends up fighting the Imperial Japanese Navy with a mostly-American crew.

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* In the ''Axis of Time'' series of novels by John Birmingham, another JMSDF missile destroyer is among the multinational fleet from 2020 that ends up transported in time back to, you guessed it, to the Battle of Midway. Disgusted at not being trusted by the 1940's Americans, and reluctant to possibly kill their own grandparents, most of the crew elects to declare neutrality and become civilians in California, and the ship ends up fighting the Imperial Japanese Navy with a mostly-American crew.



* ''[[Literature/{{Gate}} Gate: Thus the JSDF Fought There]]'' has them appear as protagonists, fighting a fantasy world horde, complete with dragons, emerging from a portal opening in Ginza. What the horde didn't know is that the [=JSDF=] had the firepower to decimate it, and it shows.
** The author is actually a former JGSDF member. Extra points for authenticity of the JSDF.
* 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.]]

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* ''[[Literature/{{Gate}} Gate: Thus the JSDF Fought There]]'' has them the JSDF appear as protagonists, fighting a fantasy world horde, complete with dragons, horde emerging from a portal opening in Ginza. What the horde didn't know is It turns out that modern weapons can easily annihilate an army equipped with medieval weapons, even if they have wyverns and orcs. Several months later, the [=JSDF=] had JSDF counter invades through the firepower to decimate it, gate and it shows.
** The author is actually
establishes a former JGSDF member. Extra points for authenticity of Forward Operating Base, kicking off the JSDF.
story proper.
* The JSDF starts playing a major role in ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline's'' ''Project Alicization'' arc. Specifically, [[spoiler: It turns out 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.]]



* In one ending of ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}'', [[spoiler:you end up being shot down by a JSDF fighter jet.]]

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* In one ending of ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}'', [[spoiler:you you end up being shot down by a JSDF fighter jet.]]



** It's just the "JDF" by then. And they managed to steal a Weapon of Mass Destruction from a top-secret lab that was being guarded by a mecha expy of Delta Force (though to be fair, Barghest was distracted by over two hundred terrorist wanzers attacking them)

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** It's just the "JDF" by then. And they managed to steal a Weapon of Mass Destruction from a top-secret lab that was being guarded by a mecha expy of Delta Force (though to be fair, Barghest was distracted by over two hundred terrorist wanzers attacking them)them).



* Much like the ''VideoGame/AceCombat'' example above, a mission in ''VideoGame/{{HAWX}}'' where you [[AndNowForSomeoneCompletelyDifferent unexpectedly switch player characters for one mission]] takes place in Tokyo Harbor where the JSDF assists you in fending off an [[PrivateMilitaryContractors Artemis]] [[NGOSuperpower attack.]]

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* Much like the ''VideoGame/AceCombat'' example above, a mission in ''VideoGame/{{HAWX}}'' where you [[AndNowForSomeoneCompletelyDifferent unexpectedly switch player characters for one mission]] takes place in Tokyo Harbor where the JSDF assists you in fending off an [[PrivateMilitaryContractors Artemis]] [[NGOSuperpower attack.]]



* A rather bizarre version (that sets up its own kaiju-related disasters in advance; having an unscheduled kaiju attack is a grievous offense) appears in ''Webcomic/{{Megatokyo}}''.

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* A rather bizarre version (that sets up its own kaiju-related kaiju related disasters in advance; having an unscheduled kaiju attack is a grievous offense) appears in ''Webcomic/{{Megatokyo}}''.
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"
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