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A Usable Past? Historical Museums Of The Self-Defence Forces And The Construction Of Continuities

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In this chapter the author analyses the exhibitions of museums of the Japanese Self-Defence Forces (SDF or jieitai ) and their representation of the Imperial Army and Navy. Officially the SDF present themselves as entirely new organizations, founded in the 1950s, that are not connected to Japan's pre-war military. Starting from the rearmament processes in the 1950s, the author describes the three Self-Defence Forces' (Air, Ground and Maritime SDF) contradictory relation to their past and illustrates observations with the presentation of military history in the SDF's Public Relations Centres. The SDF as armed forces of a democratic state under strict civilian control, has built up a new code of conduct. Also the engagement in disaster relief operations and UN peace-keeping operations shapes the identity of SDF members as part of a modern military. The Self-Defence Forces' historical museums impressively bear witness to continuities of Imperial Army and Navy.

Keywords: historical museum; Imperial army; Japanese Self-Defence Forces (SDF); jieitai; Navy; Public Relations Centres



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