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A pacifist Japan starts to embrace the military

Pacifism has been a sacred tenet of Japan's national identity since the end of World War II

Motoko Rich | NYT 

The Japanese soldiers jumped out of the jeeps, unloaded the antitank missiles and dropped to the ground. Within minutes, they aimed and fired, striking hypothetical targets nearly a half-mile away. The audience of more than 26,000, crammed into bleachers and picnicking on camouflage-patterned mats on the ground, clapped appreciatively, murmuring “Sugoi!” — or “Wow!”— during live-fire drills conducted over the weekend by Japan’s military here in the foothills of Mount Fuji. Pacifism has been a sacred tenet of Japan’s national ...

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First Published: Wed, August 30 2017. 09:14 IST