2017 JSDF Recruitment Mascot
5 images Created 2 Oct 2017
Tthe Japanese Self Defence Force (JSDF) Mascot for Tokyo, Touchi recruiting in Ikebukero in Tokyo. Every Autumn there is a campaign to recruit people to the Japanese military which is suffering a personnel shortage even as hawkish politicians like the Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, try to redefine the Jeitai forces as a proper military (Army, Airforce and Navy) and extend their role internationally and domestically. With growing tensions in the region there are sensible reason for doing this but many of Japan's neighbours also have bad memories of the last time the Japanese army had strength and power and the Japanese themselves appear averse to increasing the role and profile of their military.