(Mainichi: July 22, 2015 – p. 5)
In a meeting of its “Next Cabinet” on July 21, the main opposition Democratic Party of Japan gave its concurrence to drafting its own bill revising the Law on Situation in the Areas Surrounding Japan as counterproposals to the government-sponsored “bill on situations that will have an important influence on Japan’s peace and security” in order to provide logistical support for U.S. Forces Japan. The DPJ has not yet decided when it will submit the bill and left the decision on the matter to its leadership.
The DPJ has created “measures to protect evacuees” under which the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) can support and protect the evacuation of non-combatants in case a situation that will have an important impact on Japan’s peace and security arises. The DPJ’s counterproposals also include measures to enable the SDF to monitor, provide medical services and protect ships carrying evacuees within a fixed area.