Sadly that is the position, Japan was free of all weapons until 1954 then formed the defense force. They did sign up to not settle dispute with war. It was the same of Germany in 1954. Cold war brought all this about. Then 1990 and east and west brought together. In both cases their military is seen as defensive and peacekeeping (cross fingers on that ) Serious though they are taught exactly that, violence is a last resort, they are told to think of themselves as "citizens in uniform" Remember they are not a NAZI army. The people of Germany are very aware of 20th century history and actually look at their military very carefully indeed.