Corey Wallace at Sigma1 has an excellent post on something that has not been really covered in the English-speaking media (which is why I’ve totally missed it.) The LDP is proposing a permanent law, superseding previous stop-gap laws, governing Self Defense Force deployments overseas.

Dispatch of SDF forces would be acceptable under these circumstances:

(1)  When there is a United Nations Resolution;

(2) A request by an international organisation;

(3) a request by one of the parties involved in a dispute/conflict; and

(4) When it is judged necessary in order to contribute to the wellbeing of the international community.

Perhaps more interestingly, the law clarifies the use of weapons – essentially Japanese troops would be able to use weapons to defend other troops and assumedly themselves. This was obviously a big point of contention in Iraq where Japanese SDF forces needed armed escorts from other countries as they were not permitted to use weapons unless fired upon first.

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A contributor and editor at the blog War Is Boring, Kyle Mizokami started Japan Security Watch in 2010 to further understand Japan's defenses and security policy.
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