Japan’s Navy is offering free wifi to lure new recruits
In light of a severe personnel shortage, the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force is seeking to lure in new recruits- with free WiFi.
Noting that the idea of being without internet while aboard a ship is unappealing to Japanese youth, the JMSDF is looking “to expand Wi-fi access to allow off-duty crew members to log on from their sleeping bunks or communal areas such as mess halls,” according to the South China Morning Post, which quoted Japan’s Mainichi Shimbun.
The move comes after the crew of the helicopter carrier Izumo complained that, while on cruise to the Philippines, the lack of internet access made life less-than-ideal.
While the military is probably unhappy with the notion of turning a ship into a WiFi hotspot, there isn’t much choice in the matter to be had- military service is an unpopular concept in Japan, and Japan’s population is shrinking at an alarming rate.
Technology is an important part of Japanese daily life, and the integration may help the maritime forces to draw in more recruits- a sorely-needed asset in light of critical troop shortages.
Officials say the addition of hotspots will not impact operational security.
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