"In their talks in Singapore, held on the fringes of the annual Asia Security Summit conference, also known as the Shangri-La Dialogue, Nakatani explained the security bills that the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pushing to pass and the revisions to the Japan-U.S. defense cooperation guidelines, Foreign Ministry officials said."
"The two security bills, which were adopted by Abe’s cabinet on the 14th, are intended to expand the scope of the SDF’s activities overseas and broaden the areas in which they can operate. The bills are named the kokusai heiwa shien hoan (international peace support bill) and the heiwa anzen hosei seibi hoan (peace and security legislation development bill). The former bill is to amend ten security-related laws to remove the geographical constraint of a current law on contingencies in “areas adjacent to Japan” that was enacted in 1999 in the event of an emergency on the Korean Peninsula. One of the noteworthy laws, for example, is to enable Japan to exercise the right to collective self-defense, or coming to the aid of a friendly nation under attack."
"The latter bill is to establish a permanent law that allows the government to send the SDF overseas to provide logistics support to a foreign military in armed combat and to replace the current temporary laws that must be enacted each time the SDF is dispatched on support missions in multinational operations."
"The two security bills still require the approval of the current Diet session to take effect, which is expected to undergo a heated debate... if passed...Japan would substantially shift away from its postwar defensive posture..."
[US Department of State] Joint Statement on the New Guidelines for US-Japan Defense Cooperation. 04/27/15
[Pew Research Center Survey] Americans, Japanese: Mutual Respect 70 Years After the End of WWII. 04/07/15
"Neither Trusts China, Differ on Japan’s Security Role in Asia."
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