Lets see China is the one that is threatening just about every neighbor around them with their growing and already massive military and Japan’s military has singing competitions and there a few anime with little girls in tanks and they often get labeled as rising militarism?:
Pacifist Japan is gradually learning to love its military, with an apparent public relations campaign under way to soften its image, featuring online popularity contests, a much-touted soprano vocalist and dating events.
The armed forces are also visible in youth culture, with young teens tuning in to “Girl und Panzer” a cartoon about schoolgirls who do battle in tanks. Japan’s most popular Twitter hashtag in 2013 was #KanColle, a reference to an online game in which anthropomorphised warships compete to out-pretty each other as young girls.
The image change comes as nationalist Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pushing to give the Self Defence Forces (SDF) more money and scope to act as a normal military might, at a time of rising tensions with China. (…….)
Beijing has sought to paint Abe’s moves as a dangerous slide towards the militarism of last century.
Most commentators agree China is off the mark and Japan remains no threat to neighbouring countries.
A bigger obstacle to the project is public opinion at home.
Kirk Spitzer, a journalist specialising in military matters, says “the majority of Japanese still have a lot of qualms about having a real military service.” [AFP]
You can read more at the link, but anyone that claims rising militarism in Japan should be laughed and mocked. The only reason Prime Minister Abe is even able to advocate for defense reforms is because of the real rising militarism from China that is threatening Japanese territory in the Senkakus. Even with these very real threats from China there is no guarantee he will get the reforms that he wants.