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Samurai Archives Japanese History Podcast


Sep 15, 2014

This episode, Nate talks about the history of Japan's self defense force, the JSDF.  Nate, who worked directly with the JSDF in Japan, addresses questions about how the JSDF has evolved over the past 60 years, what its stated purpose and objectives are today, and in what specific situations and to what extent and capacity the JSDF is allowed to participate in military and wartime situations. Part one of two.

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two and a half years ago

Thank you for the podcast, Nate. I am afraid I have not been keeping up with the issue as I should. I am glad to get some overall view.

You said outside Japan the SDF could defend a Tai ship against pirates, but not a US naval ship attacked by a ship of XXXX in a war. What is the legal difference? The attacker--an illegal group vs. a nation? The attackee--civilian vs. military? Non-war situation (or UN operation?) vs. war situation?

The prime minister says he wants to change the long-established interpretation of the constitution by cabinet decree. (Some of your comments in the next podcast about method could apply here.) Would the new interpretation do away with that legal difference? Or what would it do?