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After reading of my desire to join the Japenese Air Force, an astute reader (Wolfe of Wolfe’s Musings) sent us the following REAL Japanese recruiting video:

(if you can’t see the video, click here)

Japan’s Maritime Self-defense Force (their navy) commissioned actors to create this recruiting video on a Hatsuyuki destroyer’s deck. I’m assuming that they’ve amassed a rather interesting crew with the video’s catchy “We have seaman ship, seaman ship, for love.”

Even the Japanese had mixed emotions. One commentator blamed the video on the british (who apparently taught the Japanese Navy how to be “fashionable.”), while a young lady mused that “at least they could have used good-looking guys”. (via Mainichi WaiWai)

Maybe the Japanese got the idea from the U.S. Navy, who supplied The Village People with a ship, several hundred men, and aircraft at the San Diego Naval base to perform the following video (with the intent of using it for recruiting):

(if you can’t see the video, click here)

I think I’ll stick to the Japanese Air Force, thank you! 😉

10 Responses to “How the Japanese Recruit for their Navy”

  1. on 01 Feb 2007 at 12:32 am Ivy Research

    Maybe the video turned out that way due to the pacifist nature of Japan’s military (aka self-defense force).

  2. on 01 Feb 2007 at 6:57 am Nessa

    I’m sorry, but there’s nothing funnier than the Village People recruiting for the Navy. “What am I going to do in a submarine?”

  3. on 01 Feb 2007 at 7:03 am Nessa

    I liked the video by Ollie. I reminds me that no matter how quickly time goes by, so many things remain the same.

  4. on 01 Feb 2007 at 7:13 am LONNIE B HODGE

    Hysterical…

    Best from China…I don’t think they dance here…Or even smile fo that matter…

    OMBW

  5. on 01 Feb 2007 at 9:14 am Dan

    I was about to join the Japanese Navy but now I think I’ll just accept that big-league Japanese baseball player contract they offered me. Glad this decision was made for me.

  6. on 01 Feb 2007 at 9:24 am Tisha

    adored the comparison and both vids

    xox

  7. on 01 Feb 2007 at 11:37 am Clangnuts

    The US Navy have a reputation for making bad choices. Anyone remember Cher’s video where she’s sat astride a navy gun, singing if I could turn back time, I think.
    They tried to pull the video, but it was too late.

  8. on 01 Feb 2007 at 7:06 pm Diesel

    No wonder Kim Jong Il won’t talk to the Japanese.

  9. on 01 Feb 2007 at 10:20 pm prying1

    I like the Japanese one better. It was shorter…

  10. I liked the video by Ollie. I reminds me that no matter how quickly time goes by, so many things remain the same.

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