After the hot 'n heavy discussion of Japan Self Defense Force mascots recently, I had to post these. They're taken from the pages of Prince Pickle's Diary, a comic book published by the Japanese Ministry of Defense. The story involves Prince Pickles being sent by his father to Japan for a year to learn about the country's military system.
Here, Prince Pickles watches as two divers practice disarming a dummy mine. (The text goes on to explain that while they haven't ever found any mines in the waters around Japan, the divers did get a chance to exercise their skills in the Persian Gulf in 1991.)
Apocalypse Now, the Japanese way? No, just Prince Pickles helping the JDSF practice rescuing citizens from floodwaters.
America may have had Chuck Yeager, but Japan has The Cute Stuff.
Best for last: when they aren't disarming mines in the Persian Gulf, the JSDF builds enormous snow sculptures of anime characters for the Sapporo Snow Festival. Viva la revolution.