Episode 453 – The Waves are High But the Day is Clear, Part 2

This week: how has the JMSDF gone from an afterthought to a central part of Japan’s security planning?


Patalano, Alessio. Postwar Japan as a Sea Power: Imperial Legacy, Wartime Experience, and the Making of a Navy.

Tatsumi, Yuki, and Andrew J. Oros, editors. Japan’s New Defense Establishment: Institutions, Capabilities, and Implications. 

Ike, Nobutaka. “Japan, Twenty Years After Surrender.” Asian Survey 6, No 1 (Jan, 1966).

Wooley, Peter J. “Japan’s 1991 Minesweeping Decision: An Organizational Repsonse.” Asian Survey 36, No 8 (August 1996)

The Defense of Japan 2022 Gazette (English version).

Some fascinating Washington Post archival coverage of Japan in the Gulf War.

Records of the Diet debates around the San’yu Incident (Japanese only).

I was not kidding about the zombie uprising plan 


You can listen to a recording of “Gunkan Kyoshin”/”Advance of the Battleship” here, or of “Nihon Kaisen”/”Battle of the Japan Sea” here.

JMSDF and American destroyers passing each other in the Indian Ocean, c. 2019.
The Izumo, a helicopter destroyer that legally isn’t an aircraft carrier.
The 2019 Fleet Review in Sagami Bay.
The SDF base in Djibouti, the first overseas base for Japanese forces since 1945.

1 thought on “Episode 453 – The Waves are High But the Day is Clear, Part 2”

  1. Djibouti seems like such a random place for Japan to put a base, but good on them.
    I love that you mentioned that old JMSDF promo. I remember that ad as well on YouTube. It was pretty funny at the time.

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