Copies of Self-Defense Force Textbooks Put Up for Online Auction (News)


Tokyo, Jan. 22 (Jiji Press)—More than 50 copies of Japan Ground Self-Defense Force textbooks have been sold in online auctions, GSDF sources said Monday.

The copies were put up by a single seller account, they said.

The GSDF has been investigating the case amid concern that an insider might have been involved.

The textbooks being sold online are kyōhan, or textbooks for military training, and reference materials. Some of them show ways to handle machine guns and communication methods for tank units.

Kyōhan books are not classified as national security secret, but the Defense Ministry prohibits their use for purposes other than education and training.

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