Big in Japan
Greetings, new recruit of the Japanese Defense Force’s Giant Radioactive Monster Battalion!
No doubt that you, as a citizen of our great nation, have been raised with many colorful tales of the heroic struggles your predecessors in the G.R.M.B. fought in the 1950s and 1960s. Perhaps this even influenced your decision to join. Well, believe us: this is not your father’s defense force, nor yet, depending on your age, that of your grandfather!
Yes, much has changed since the founding of the Giant Radioactive Monster Battalion. For example, we are now an official organized body of the Japanese Defense Force, and not a hastily-cobbled-together squadron of soldiers pulled from their duties of ensuring that communist China does not mistake us for Taiwan. Significant upgrades in our budget thanks to an increasingly robust economy have ensured that our air units are not passenger airliners retrofitted with wing-mounted air rifles, and our tanks (some of which you will be driving, new recruit!) do more than simply throw colorful sparks. And a cooperative training and public education program with the Ministry of Health has resulted in a populace that will take steps to assist in evacuation procedures during a giant radioactive monster attack, rather than standing around motionless, pointing at the sky and muttering the name of the monster over and over again.
But through it all, our mission has remained the same: to protect our beloved homeland against attacks by giant radioactive monsters.
We live in a difficult and complex period in history; Japan is truly a citizen of the world, and the world’s problems are our problems. This means that we face many serious challenges, from global climate change to terrorism to an unpredictable economy. But did you know that the number one cause of premature death in cities such as Honshu, Osaka, and Yokohama is still giant radioactive monster attack? Even the commitment of the major powers to refrain from atomic testing since the early 1970s has not led to an abatement in this phenomenon. Given the slowing of nuclear proliferation and a decreased reliance on atomic energy, we are unsure why these monsters continue to be spawned, just as we are unsure why they do not attack any nation other than Japan. But that’s a question for the brave men and women of the Giant Radioactive Monster Studies Division of the Ministry of Science! Here at the Giant Radioactive Monster Battalion, we don’t pretend to understand them. We just kill them.
And kill them we will! This little pamphlet will get you started on the path to learning what giant radioactive monsters you are likely to encounter in the course of your enlistment, and what tactics you should use against them. Contrary to popular belief, Japan is no longer in danger from such ancient enemies as Gojira (who died in 1979), Mosura (who retired to manage a beachfront hotel in Malaysia in 1983), or Gamera (who is now a lawmaker and popular television sportscaster in the Phillipines). No, Japan faces a whole new generation of giant radioactive monsters, and this is where you, a whole new generation of giant radioactive monster killers, come in. You’ll learn to predict the movements of Kosumi, the Living Oil Slick. You’ll discover the most vulnerable areas on the gigantic body of Grojan, the Thing with Six Livers. You’ll find out what smell alerts you to the coming of Septicus, the Radioactive Waste. You’ll finally be told why Ghidrah, the Three-Headed Monster, just won’t go away. And you’ll be informed as to the best ways to ignore Zango, The Not-Very-Threatening Attention-Seeker.
As long as Japan is plagued by giant radioactive monsters, you, the Giant Radioactive Monster Battalion, will be a vital part of our defenses. So turn to page one, and let’s learn about Cheapgar, the Man-Eating Knock-Off of the Korean Peninsula.