Aftermath: Japan #9


Original Caption:

The Edge is Off

Tokyo -- Soldiers in Japan's new defense army participates in bayonet exercises, sans bayonets, at Nerima Infantry Camp on the outskirts of Tokyo. The Japanese GIs are dressed in U.S. Army style fatigues and are equipped with American made M-1 rifles. While there trainers look war like enough, they apparently lack a fighting spirit in peacetime. Says the infantry camp commander: "We have taken the outside of the U.S. Army, but we don't have the inside morale." (1955)

1 comment:

Mike said...

Yeah. I recall, a year or two after, when an American soldier was charged with murder when he killed a Japanese woman trying to scavanege shell casings from a US firing range. Oh yeah, they lack the spirit!