Deprived of any military capability after surrendering in WWII in 1945, Japan had only the U.S. occupation forces and a minor domestic police force on which to rely for security. Rising Cold War tensions in Europe and Asia prompted some conservative leaders to question the unilateral renunciation of all military capabilities. Virtually defenseless, vulnerable, and very much aware of the need to enter into a mutual defense relationship with the United States to guarantee the nation’s external security, Japan proceeded to create a National Security Force, reorganized afterwards as the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force in 1954.
Although the expressed purpose of these forces was to deal with internal threats and natural disasters, Japan Ground Self-Defense Force became a de facto post-war Japanese Army. Within years, the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force has developed into a formidable armed force, very much capable of handling even external threats all on its own. This video showcases a firepower demonstration that has nothing to envy. Just see by yourself.