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    Japan Self-Defense Forces Compete in Best Body Pageant

    Mr. Universal Soldier: Japan’s Self-Defense Forces Stage Muscleman Contest

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    An event called the “Jieitai Best Body Contest” took place in Tokyo on July 16. Jietai is the Japanese term for the country’s Self-Defense Forces. There were 120 entries and 15 finalists from each branch of the armed services.

    Japan's Self-Defense Forces were formed in 1954 from the National Security Forces created two years earlier. The main task of the Self-Defense Forces is the defense of the state, and the protection of the freedoms and independence of Japan.

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