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Uneasy Warriors – Gender, Memory, and Popular Culture in the Japanese Army - California Scholarship Online
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Uneasy Warriors: Gender, Memory, and Popular Culture in the Japanese Army

Sabine Fruhstuck and Katharine Rodger


Following World War II, Japan's postwar constitution forbade the country to wage war or create an army. However, with the emergence of the Cold War in the 1950s, Japan was urged to establish the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) as a way to bolster Western defenses against the tide of Asian communism. Although the SDF's role is supposedly limited to self-defense, Japan's armed forces are equipped with advanced weapons technology and the world's third-largest military budget. This book draws on interviews, historical research, and analysis to describe the unusual case of a non-war-making military. Writ ... More

Keywords: Japan, Japanese Army, Self-Defense Forces, Asian communism, advanced weapons technology, military budget, Cold War, self-defense

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780520247949
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520247949.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sabine Fruhstuck, author

Katharine Rodger, editor

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