Japan Scraps a Third of its Tanks & Artillery


Japan’s government has announced its tiny army will be scrapping a third of its tanks and artillery, whilst requesting a billion dollars to deploy Patriot anti-ballistic missiles “nationwide,” despite the fact that the system only has a range of 20km.

The newly announced National Defence Program Outline stipulates a reduction in the number of Japan’s tanks from about 600 to 400 and a reduction in its artillery pieces from around 600 to 400.

The cuts will however be accompanied by expansion in other areas – most notably the “nationwide deployment” of Patriot “PAC-3” anti-ballistic missile systems at a cost of 1.1 billion dollars, which have so far only deployed batteries in the Kanto, Kinki, Kyushu and Chubu regions.

Japan’s navy will also be upgraded – 2 of its AEGIS cruisers will be upgraded to be able to shoot down ballistic missiles, in addition to the 4 it has which are already capable of this. In addition, Japan intends to increase the size of its submarine fleet from 16 to 22.

Coming not long after China’s efforts to grab the Senkaku islands amidst an ongoing military buildup, North Korea’s shelling of South Korea and nuclear missile program, and Russia’s efforts to legitimise its occupation of the Northern Territories, concerns have been expressed that as a nation surrounded by aggressive dictatorships Japan is hardly in a position to be stripping its already outgunned and outdated army of what few weapons it has.

Japan does however have a large and extremely modern navy – presumably defence planners reason that with finite resources they are best off ensuring nobody is ever in a position to set foot on Japanese soil and fight its pathetic army. An army is also much easier to expand than a navy.


The “nationwide deployment” of the PAC-3 system has already been derided as little more than propaganda – the system only has a range of 20km (a fact strangely missing from media reports on the announcement), and some question its effectiveness altogether.

The expense of defending all Japanese cities, let alone the entire nation, with such a system would be vast – nuclear deterrence still appears to be the only viable strategy for countering such a threat.

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    Avatar of Yuki
    Comment by Yuki
    16:44 12/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    All this to hide the news from their Gundam division.

    17:38 12/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    The should have the moe mascots painted across the side of the PAC-3, so when it shot something down it would have been MOEEE down.

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    Comment by Shippoyasha
    17:46 12/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    RX Gundam doesn't have the armament to take down all those North Korean and Chinese nukes and mortar and missiles.

    Cleary, they need the ZGMF-X10A Freedom Gundam.

    Or better yet, the ZGMF-X20A Strike Freedom Gundam. It has a bazillion laser cannons and plasma bursts!

    17:53 12/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    If they strike freedoms they're gonna need Archangel batteships.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:41 12/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Minerva was a great space warship too

    18:50 12/12/2010 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Yeah it was, but archangel has not One but TWO BIG GUNS(Gottfried). :)

    Avatar of Yoshii-kun
    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    18:58 12/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Wombat, Helldart, Gottfried....
    撃って~ (Fire!)

    "And with that, the great war had ended with minimal casualties on both sides, preventing a pro-longed war which would have lasted....."

    ....eh? It's over?

    Avatar of Yuuki
    Comment by Wisteria Berlitz
    19:22 12/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Strike Freedom + Meteor Unit will be epic

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:48 13/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    How about some Hyper Burst to rip apart Kim Jong-Il's face?

    And possibly Raiser Sword China's President too.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:18 12/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    why using all these weapons? just get 00Q trough a time hole made by its quantum drive and brainwash everyone on earth using shiny particles

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    Comment by TehBoringOne
    09:13 13/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm happy only with the GN-0000 00 Gundam with its 0 Raiser with Trans-Am Burst Mode... Using that badass beam to blow all incoming missiles. Sure, it'd be only one beam, while the Strike Freedom would spam the skies with its own, but it'd be hillarious to be able to listen to North Korean commanders go batshit insane when their missiles got intercepted by a huge ass beam.

    North Korean Commander: "The Dear Leader isn't going to be happy"

    Gundam Pilot: "TROLOLOLOLOLOL"

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:01 12/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    not to mention that they have the GENESIS hidden on the far side of the moon...

    16:53 12/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Yes the RX-78-2 gundam they built was a display item.

    Avatar of Yuki
    Comment by Yuki
    16:58 12/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Agreed. And the Real Grades, proto-recon machines.

    Avatar of お茶
    Comment by お茶
    17:08 12/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Stage 1: Proto-type Gundam and Evangelion done
    Stage 2: Mass produce them underground..

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:33 12/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    They're building the Gundams out of the tanks & artillery.

    Avatar of Yoshii-kun
    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    18:45 12/12/2010 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    All we need is a declaration of war, and you'll see the
    RX-78's eyes in Shizuoka gleeming a different color...

    Avatar of Yoshii-kun
    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    19:36 12/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Prefer GFF Full Armor Unicorn Gundam with it's fucktastic armaments and bulky ass-thrusters... =D

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:47 13/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    just upgrade the AEGIS to a little blonde android with the name AIGIS and a persona! yay!

    19:38 12/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Fullarmor = extra shit all over...BEAUTIFUL!

    19:28 12/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    RX-0 Unicorn is my fav.

    Avatar of Yuuki
    Comment by Wisteria Berlitz
    19:19 12/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    and probably make a Destroy Gundam too
    Wing and the others are awesome but RX-78 is still the best for me

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:56 14/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    One fishing boat = military move to grab the island YESSS

    and me jizzing into tissue paper is impregnating all the women in the world!

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:34 13/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think the real ulterior truth is that the entire island is going to become a floating fortress like Fafnar, with the stealth system and everything.

    Avatar of Neonie
    Comment by Neonie
    17:46 12/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I feel like Japan probably doesn't see them selves fighting anyone anytime soon. They have their own internal problems they kind of need to sort before they go off fighting other country's.

    I'm all for a Canada stance esq. Japan.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:00 12/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dont forget the next phase: Uchuu Senkan Yamato .

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    Comment by Wisteria Berlitz
    19:42 12/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    those Gundams on display outdoors...
    I'm imagining the day where Amuro Ray
    climb up the RX-78(2) like ep 1

    Comment by Anonymous

    All hail Britania .... All hail Nort Korea :) hehe

    Comment by Anonymous

    Maybe they're hoping a timely typhoon will save them from foreign invaders. Ya know, like it usually does.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:46 12/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    But the Mongolians aren't really in shape to invade anybody, they haven't been for centuries.
    Anyway, Japan is already a puppet and a satellite of the US so they really do not need an army of their own, the Americans will fight any wars for them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:51 12/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    and lose trillions more in the process...

    Avatar of John Galt
    Comment by John Galt
    16:54 13/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    So... Japan's scrapping some of their land force to bolster their navy. Seems like the latter would be more useful.

    Why they're building superfluous non-Gundam forces is beyond me, though. Maybe international treaties only allow so many Gundam near the solar elevator?

    Avatar of Indofag
    Comment by Indofag
    17:16 12/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Not only Gundams, there are Variable Fighters, Wanzers and all kinds of Super Robots capable of destroying anything - be it humanity or the universe itself.

    Avatar of Yoshii-kun
    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    19:40 12/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    All I want for Christmas is a GU-N-DAM, a WA-N-ZER,
    an E-VA too~♪

    19:50 12/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The elves at the north pole are in for now with that wish. :3

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:12 13/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It's more then apparent the U.S. basically running Japan and signing deals to protect them is the only real deterrent to countries like Korea/China/Russia..

    It's not like any of this matters..

    Avatar of BlaqCat
    Comment by BlaqCat
    23:46 12/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Their "Project Macross", and "Gundam" devisions have probably become operational. Who needs tanks when you got those?

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:47 12/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't forget all those Super Robot War one's

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:51 12/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japan knows Miku will rule the earth, no need for weapons under her command. ^^

    20:09 12/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    We will have MIKU Gundams.

    Avatar of Yuuki
    Comment by Wisteria Berlitz
    20:17 12/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    and MIKU Sabers

    Avatar of TehBoringOne
    Comment by TehBoringOne
    09:15 13/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Miku LEEK Sabers, please...

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:08 12/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    They've also got an EVA division

    Avatar of alex251
    Comment by alex251
    17:01 12/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    but China is building their own

    17:06 12/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    But that's just shit.

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    Comment by Pertamax
    18:18 12/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    it would be a battle of Quality vs Quantity

    but i don't want to pilot a chinese gundamn which break after 3 uses ( only if the pilot seat didn blow up my ASS first )

    17:29 12/12/2010 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    More like 20 chinese Gundams will be shot down by 1 japanese Gundam.

    Avatar of Jaden
    Comment by Jaden
    23:16 12/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You do realize it's treason to enlist to a foreign army?

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:55 12/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


    there was a company at the anime expo that was building a pilot-able mech frame. I can't recall the name but that could have been it, and if so, FUCK YES!

    time to enlist in the Japanese army

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:57 13/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    There are no traitors among the winners. And besides, you can enlist in another country's armed forces if you give up your nationality and they are willing to accept you, at least as far as international law goes.

    Avatar of Renzo
    Comment by Renzo
    17:46 13/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It'll be decided on navy and airstrike war, isn't it ? because of 'small' army Japan has so it should reinforce other military aspect.. I wonder if it's even is effective against two nearest countries

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:40 13/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Now is not the time for common sense dammit!

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:20 13/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japanese Foreign Legion then?

    20:12 12/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    @pertamax "only if the pilot seat didn't blow up my ASS first" self-destruct is always activated.

    Avatar of Yoshii-kun
    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    18:47 12/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Those 20 chinese gundams won't even make it to the front lines, let alone move.....

    Avatar of kamiru
    Comment by kamiru
    18:52 12/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i sure hope my japanese friend was joking when he said his dad work for the Anaheim Electronics developing psycho frames.

    18:58 12/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Damn i had to google up what "equivalent statements" meant. It made me sad face.

    Avatar of Tex_Arcana
    Comment by Tex_Arcana
    18:48 12/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You do realize those are equivalent statements, right?

    Comment by Anonymous

    20 chinese Gundams is worth 1 japanese Gundam.

    Avatar of PikachuEXE
    Comment by PikachuEXE
    19:16 12/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You mean junkdam?

    Avatar of King Tiger
    Comment by King Tiger
    17:37 12/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    the only thing keeping all the neighboring countries at bay is fear of the potential leek probing and tentacle reap they'll receive once they touch land on Japan :)

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