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(Al Jazeera)   It turns out Japan is now getting around its constitutional ban on a navy by calling their new ship part of a "self-defense force with serving members." What could possibly go wrong?   ( aljazeera.com) divider line
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2013-06-14 09:51:43 AM  
8 votes:

Why can't America have a Self-Defense Force of their own?

The United States will never have a unified force. The different branches of the armed forces are just too different from each other. For example, if you tell the Navy to secure a building, they'll shell it, send in the Marines to secure and then Sea Bees to rebuild. If you tell the Army to secure a building, they'll send in the Special Forces and then engineers to reinforce it and infantry to establish perimeter defenses.

But if you tell the Air Force to secure a building, they'll sign a 99 lease on it with an option after 75 years to buy.
2013-06-14 09:34:47 AM  
3 votes:
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They might have a ban on having a navy, but what about a SPACE NAVY!!!

Oh, and some of the shiat we put out for Coast Guard cutters would be able to match most navies around the world.
2013-06-14 09:30:12 AM  
3 votes:

doglover: They've also got the SDF, which is just an ordinary military with a different name.

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I wouldn't go around calling that ordinary.

/Seriously, that is one impressively trolltastic attention-whore headline. No wonder the mods approved it. if you're an American, you probably shouldn't be worried about Japan's military-industrial complex running out of control and destroying their country. Hint: you might want to think a little closer to home.

// And you might want to adjust your world-view so WWII is not your reference point for all history. I know it's hard, Susan, but you can rub those two brain cells of yours together.
2013-06-14 09:24:40 AM  
3 votes:

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: James!: I think we can trust the Japanese with a military at this point.  It's been 70 years.

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I said a military, not our collective sanity.
2013-06-14 09:23:51 AM  
3 votes:
What could go wrong? For one thing they could spacefold inside the gravity well of Earth and end up transporting Macross City somewhere near the orbit of Pluto!

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2013-06-14 09:30:43 AM  
2 votes:
Please build the Yamato. I want to see a giant laser before I die.
2013-06-14 09:25:40 AM  
2 votes:
"with serving members"

High school girls in maid uniforms? /DNRTFA
2013-06-14 09:16:48 AM  
2 votes:
Maybe they are worried about the whale and dolphin force.
2013-06-14 09:08:30 AM  
2 votes:
Why can't America have a Self-Defense Force of their own?
2013-06-14 07:00:17 PM  
1 vote:
Yeah, they totally need a new generation of ships that don't have so much wood on them:

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2013-06-14 02:22:29 PM  
1 vote:

dbirchall: HotWingConspiracy: I just read that Chinese military scholars have decided they might actually own Okinawa, that might have something to do with it.

Being called "Chinese" is probably the only thing Okinawans would like even less than being called "Japanese."

I'll admit my travels in Pacific/Asia have been limited (Philippines, Thailand, Korea, Okinawa, etc) but if there's any one group they can agree on hating, it's the Chinese. Well, maybe the Russians, who were referred to as "Americans without money."
2013-06-14 12:46:40 PM  
1 vote:

red5ish: Anywhere else, the Hyuga would be classed as a "light aircraft carrier",  but because of sensitivities over the constitution, Japan's government has designated it a "destroyer".

Another Japanese Destroyer:

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They have an amazing gift for clincally accurate understatement.
2013-06-14 11:09:28 AM  
1 vote:
Maybe this time around Japan shouldn't paint targets on their ships:
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2013-06-14 10:48:29 AM  
1 vote:
Can they get around the constitutional ban on non-blurry porn?
2013-06-14 10:46:18 AM  
1 vote:

WelldeadLink: gnosis301: Please build the Yamato. I want to see a giant laser before I die.

They already built the Yamato. You're referring to accessorizing the Yamato.

I'd be more impressed if they raised and rebuilt into a space battleship the IJN Clamato.
2013-06-14 10:24:04 AM  
1 vote:

Lundah: Yes, yes, and the reunification of Germany was supposed to bring about the second-coming of Hitler, remember?

You are confusing German reunification with Brazil.
2013-06-14 09:47:44 AM  
1 vote:
Maybe if they just called their sailors "associates".
2013-06-14 09:37:16 AM  
1 vote:
Post more funny Japanese pictures
2013-06-14 09:31:07 AM  
1 vote:

Arkanaut: doglover: dittybopper: /I thought Japan already had a professional Navy.

They do. Ours.

They've also got the SDF, which is just an ordinary military with a different name.

Um, the Japan Maritime SDF is considered one of the most powerful navies in the world, possibly second only to the USN, and has been for at least the last couple of decades.  They're one of the few countries that we sell the Aegis system to, which enables them to be a true blue-water navy.

Don't you bring your filthy facts into this conversation.
2013-06-14 09:23:44 AM  
1 vote:

James!: I think we can trust the Japanese with a military at this point.  It's been 70 years.

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2013-06-14 09:21:43 AM  
1 vote:
"For a century and a half now, America and Japan have formed one of the great and enduring alliances of modern times. From that alliance has come an era of peace in the Pacific."

----- George W. Bush

/so I'm not worried about this.
2013-06-14 09:10:33 AM  
1 vote:
I think we can trust the Japanese with a military at this point.  It's been 70 years.
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