Self Defense Force

The Japanese constitution states “There is no army, navy, air force, or other military power.” However, Japan has a militant organization called the Self Defense Force (SDF). From a foreign country, the SDF will look like a Japanese army. But their status is civil servants, not military personnel. Because it is not an army, the SDF does not have a military council system.

Self Defense Force、自衛隊

In recent years, the SDF go to conflict areas abroad and is responsible for backward support of allies.  In that case, if they get caught up in a conflict and kill someone or be caught, there is a possibility that they will be tried as a criminal, not a soldier.

Therefore, some Japanese wish to revise the constitution and position the SDF as an official army, but there are a lot of people who do not want it. That conclusion has not come out.

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