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SDF’s new mission to protect U.S. vessels begins today

  • December 22, 2016
  • , NTV
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NTV reported that the GOJ convened a meeting of the National Security Council today and the council decided to start today the SDF mission to protect U.S. military vessels made possible by new security legislation. The network quoted DM Inada as telling reporters this morning: “The SDF will be allowed to protect [U.S. and other vessels] from aggression short of military attacks. This will enhance the deterrence and response capability of the U.S.-Japan alliance, further ensuring Japan’s peace and security.” DM Inada also stressed the significance of the start of the new mission by saying: “The ability to protect what we can protect is conducive to strengthening the U.S.-Japan alliance.”

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