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Imperial Japanese Army (大日本帝国陸軍 Dai-Nippon Teikoku Rikugun?), also known as the IJA, was the army of Imperial Japan from 1871 to 1945.[1]


The IJA was dissolved at the end of World War II.[2]


Article 9 of the Constitution of Japan prohibits the use of aggressive force as a means for settling international disputes.[3]

In order to defend Japan, if necessary, the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) was formed.[4]

The ground-reach of JSDF is the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF).[5]

Related pages


  1. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Rikugun-shō" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 790.
  2. Library of Congress Country Studies, Japan (LOC), "World War II and the Occupation, 1941-52". Retrieved 2012-2-22. Archived 22 July 2007 at WebCite
  3. LOC, "The Article 9 'No War' Clause". Retrieved 2012-2-22.
  4. LOC, "The Self-Defence Forces" (JSDF). Retrieved 2012-2-22.
  5. LOC, "Ground Self-Defense Force" (JMSDF). Retrieved 2012-2-22.

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