Contest aims to find the most beautifully muscled member of Japan’s Self-Defense Forces

By Casey Baseel, SoraNews24

Japan has long had an unabashed admiration of the female form, which in turn has led to things such as Tokyo’s “boob slash” cafe and an annual celebration of the country’s most beautiful breasts. But eye candy can be just as sweet when it’s coming from beefcake, and so organizers have announced this year’s Jietai Best Body Contest.

Jietai is the Japanese term for the country’s Self-Defense Forces, and the competition seeks its champion from among the ranks of the Ground, Maritime, and Air branches of the JSDF. From among 120 entries, 15 finalists from each branch will compete in the age 18-39 division, with an additional 15 finalists in total for the 40-and-up Master Class, which is a new addition to the program for this year.

▼ 2017 Grand Champion Mitsuyoshi Mori


▼ Highlights of the 2017 event

This year’s finals will take place on July 16 at Club Diana in Tokyo’s upscale Yurakucho neighborhood. Contestants’ scores will be determined by a panel of four judges and evaluations from the audience, who will be asked to consider each finalist’s physique, health, intelligence, poise, and integrity. And yes, the contestants will be asked to salute as part of their required posing.


Organizers say they have two goals for the contest, the first being to provide a little extra physical fitness motivation for the members of the JSDF, and the second to allow civilians to “experience the muscles” of Self-Defense Forces personnel.

And while there can be only one winner in each of the two categories, multiple muscled men from the competition will be featured in the 2018 Jietai Best Body Calendar.


Organizers say spectator ticket information is forthcoming here on the Jietai Club website.

Source: @Press

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Still a better use of tax money than new fighter jets !

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They look like mannequins. Very cool images.

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Gym show ponies do not win wars.

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How demeaning.

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Could I get some of that for Christmas?

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This is just an attempt to popularize the Self Defence Forces. Enrollment is down.

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I'm all for gender equality, so where are the female JSDF members?

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Am no prude but

things such as Tokyo’s “boob slash” cafe and an annual celebration of the country’s most beautiful breasts. But eye candy can be just as sweet when it’s coming from beefcake

is just trashy. Is superficiality all there is even in the 21st century?

Unless April 1st has come early...

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surely Prince Pickles should take this prize?

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