Parades were held throughout Japan, Nov 1, to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Japanese Self-Defence Forces.
LV Foreign diplomats watch from stands
LV Prime Minister Ikeda watches
SV Flag is raised
SV Officials watch
SIDE V..Gen. Genda, Chief of Air Self Defence Forces, and Gen. Ehara, Chief of Maritime Self Defence Forces
SV Gen. Ichigi Sugita, chief of Ground Self Defence Forces greets Foreign Diplomats
SV Crowded stands
LV TOWARDS..Army unit in march-past
ANGLE V..Fly past
STV Naval detachment march-past
SV Crowd watch
SIDE V..Guns mounted on jeeps
SV Tanks in parade
LV PAN..Light tanks
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Background: Parades were held throughout Japan, Nov 1, to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Japanese Self-Defence Forces. In the ten years since its inauguration, the force has raised 240,000 men under arms. This includes an army of 170,000 a navy with 30,000 men and a 100,000-ton fleet, and an air force of 1,000 aircraft manned by 40,000 personnel.
At the Meiji Shrine Outer Garden in Tokyo, a parade of army and naval personnel was attended by Premier Ikeda and Government Ministers. During the parade jet and prop-driven aircraft flew over the route. Most of the arms and equipment on show were made in the United States.
About 40,000 troops took part in this, the biggest post-war parade held in Japan. On show were about 40 American made tanks and sixty mobile cannons. More than 1,000 American made jet fight fighters took part in the fly-past 1/2.