In a famous speech former Prime Minister Shigeru Yoshida gave at the National Defense Academy’s graduation ceremony in February 1957, he had insightful advice to give about joining the Self-Defense Forces.

“It is possible that many of you may finish your career at the SDF without ever being thanked or welcomed by the people . . . because it is only when our nation is facing crisis and confusion, when we are attacked by foreign forces or when necessity arises for you to embark on disaster relief missions, that the people will appreciate and praise the SDF.”

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