Foreword to JSDF Infantry Equipment and Gear
Formed in 1945 with a dubious task of defending against a feared Soviet invasion of Northern Japan. The JSDF was originally equipped with a blend of Homemade and American Military surplus. With post-war economic redevelopment, the JSDF has since evolved into a sophisticated high tech fighting force.
Constrained by a Pacifistic Government, Heavy Civilian oversight and a defense budget no greater than 1% of the GDP. The GSDF has nevertheless lost sight of its original mission of defending Japan and its people.
With the changes to Article 9 in recent years the GSDF has evolved from a only defensive stance to being able to protect regional allies and participate in oversea training alongside the standard peacekeeping deployments.
JSDF Combat Gear:
JSDF Personal Kit
JSDF Infantry Reference Gallery