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Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force armoured tanks fire during an annual training session near Mount Fuji at Higashifuji training field in Gotemba, west of Tokyo, on Tuesday.

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Nice choppers too.

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That's nice that the Japanese gov't has enough money for all this firepower.

-7 ( +3 / -10 )

Remember that Japan regularly sets defense spending equal to about 1% of it's GDP, since Japan's GDP is the world's third largest, 1% is a big amount.

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@Serrano every country in the world with a military better has enough money to keep up training sessions for it!

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Awesome Picture !

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Nice choppers too.

Looks like there's 3 types?

One to the left looks like an Kawasaki OH-1? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kawasaki_OH-1

2nd from the right is a AH-64 Apache? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boeing_AH-64_Apache

Other 2 are AH-1 Cobra? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bell_AH-1_Cobra

Wonder what kind of integration goes on between them / command.

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The Kwacker is the best one.

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Japanese troops strut their stuff.

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Tank at the bottom left appears to be a Type 74... thought they had all been phased out? Ah well... still a good tank. Oh, just zoomed in and there are another two Type 74s in the background, a double-barrelled AA vehicle and some Type 90s. Nice.

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The Kwacker is the best one.

In what way?

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"The Kwacker is the best one."

Made in Japan?

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If you zoom in closer you can actually see your tax money going up in smoke.

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As a young military brat, I was easily excited by seeing cool military displays but as an adult I am supprised to see so many older poster's with this same excitement.

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This kind of photo is NOT NEEDED here!

JT don't you have anything more inspiring?

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How about a picture of Japan's four carriers?

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I missed it again this year. Oh well. Maybe next time.

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Bertie

No matter how much you deny it, a military force for DEFENSE is a necessary evil.

Sun Tzu preaches it, Carl von Clausewitz talks about it, Machiavelli and Jomini elaborates it. When all diplomacy fails you need planB prepared to ensure security since sticking your head in the sand is not going to solve anything.

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Type 89 IFV in the front, Type 87 SPAAG on the side, a Type 90 tank on the right I see maybe three Type 10 tanks in the front right. The Type 74 tank will start being phased out in 2016 after they introduce the MCV a fast 8x8 wheeled 105mm gun tank destroyer and will be fully retired by about 2024.

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SamuraiBlue: I guess you don't realize WE already had a DEFENSE force, NOW it's is becoming something else! "Fighting for peace is like screwing for virginity"

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