a pickle for the self-defense forces?
Waaaaaaaah! KA-WA-IIIIIIIIIII! Ne! ne? Kawaiiiiiii!
This is Japan’s Self-Defense Forces new mascot — Mr. Pickles, nay, PRINCE Pickles. YES, a royal salted vegetable has joined the forces because “he is very endearing, which is what the Japanese military stands for” (?.??) um, according to Defense Ministry official Shotaro Yanagi.
I nabbed this rather amusing piece of Self-Defense Force PR from a Japan Times AP article. So please go here www.japantimes.co.jp for the full story and another picture. I checked the date, it’s not April 1.
I guess they can just about get away with this because it is a Self-Defense Force, which is as about cute and cuddly as a military force is going to get. But my God, what will he look like if they change the constitution? I don’t know how endearing Prince Pickles could be wielding a sub-machine gun screaming “shoot to kill!”
But at least he is a human in uniform — I have always had a hard time taking the Japanese Police Force seriously when it is being protected by Peopo, the flying mouse-thing (described as a cross between “a rabbit and a space trooper” in the AP story, which, let me just remind you, is here: www.japantimes.co.jp). And there’s always something to be said about a man in uniform… in this case it has to be “The forces will make your eyes pop wider than psychedelic drugs ever could” and “it is possible to protect a nation, without a nose.”
I wonder what Iraqis will think of this vision of their future.