Tank-commanding anime girls capture fans for SDF ( Japan )

–  decade ago, around one in 10 candidates said they wanted to be a soldier for love of country. These days it’s closer to one in three

TOKYO —

By Tim Kelly and Nobuhiro Kubo Mar. 16, 2014 – 06:25AM JST

Being a soldier in Japan after World War Two was seen as a job for failed police recruits and unemployed youth from depressed rural towns. But as tension with China chips away at Japan’s postwar pacifism, the military is regaining its prestige – helped by a blitz of television dramas, movies and anime.

Patriotic zeal is now a more compelling reason to enlist. A decade ago, around one in 10 candidates said they wanted to be a soldier for love of country. These days it’s closer to one in three, according to recruitment data obtained by Reuters. Continue reading “Tank-commanding anime girls capture fans for SDF ( Japan )”