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Allied Army Training Study of Japan.
ARMY TRAINING BOARD FORT MONROE VA
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The philosophy of individual service to the nation and the nations responsibilities to each citizen has its roots in Japans experiences of World War II. As a result of this war, Japan adopted a substantially reoriented philosophy of military structure, mission, and military service. The structure and mission has evolved into one of a small self-defense force, oriented on concerning limited aggression. The division of Japanese controlled territory among the allies of World War II, however, resulted in Japan taking on a new strategic importance as the Soviet Union became the main threat. The armed forces of Japan are called the Japanese Self-Defense Forces JSDF. The branches of the JSDF are the Ground Self-Defense Force GSDF, the Maritime Self-Defense Force MSDF, and the Air Self-Defense Force ASDF. The Japanese adopted a constitutional system of government in 1946. The constitution prohibits Japan from projecting power outside of the territorial islands and mandates that the nation maintain the least amount of military strength necessary to contain limited aggression. The spirit and military strength necessary to contain limited aggression. The spirit and intent of the law is strictly followed by all branches of the Japanese military.
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