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What is a difference among "jieatai", "guntai" and "rikugun"?

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    "Guntai" is "The Defence Force". And, "Guntai (The Defence Force)" contains "Rikugun (The Army)", "Kaigun (The Navy)" and "Kuugun (The Air Force)".

    "Jieitai" is "the Self-Defence Force". That is, "Guntai" can start the war with other countries, but not "Jieitai". "Jieitai" will fight only when "Guntai" from other countries attack the country.

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    Nice to meet you, @Ádám.
    I explain about this questions in my awkward English skill.

    1. "jieatai" is "The self-defense forces" in English.
    >> This word mean "The army which isn't allowed to fight only for self-defense".
    2. "guntai" is "The forces" in English
    >> This is a general term of the navy, the army, and the air force.
    3. "rikugun" is "The army"
    >> This is an army to which a foot soldier and a tank belong.

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