As Japan prepares to redefine the Self-Defense Forces as a bona fide military, the government will have to address the sensitive question of how much say SDF officers should have in national security.

As in other areas of postwar defense policy and operations, the government’s position has been largely defined by the bitter legacy of Japan’s wartime military aggression.

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