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Japan military media special

— Japan


Japan’s relationship with its military makes for interesting ideas across all media

Harutoshi Fukui, defence, industry, military, war

Taboo breaker


Movie-goers in Japan have Harutoshi Fukui to thank for challenging a film-industry taboo. Until 2005, the film studios avoided showing Japanese troops in combat, except in Godzilla movies.

That year, three of Fukui’s stories opened in cinemas as big-budget action thrillers. Their common theme: Japan’s military resorts to force and saves the day.

Not exactly a radical idea. But in Japan, where the post-Second World War constitution forbids the Self Defence Forces from acting like a military, Fukui’s stories struck a chord…


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