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FM Kono says Japan-U.S. SOFA for SDF personnel “should be examined”

  • April 13, 2019
  • , Asahi , p. 4
  • JMH Translation

By Naotaka Fujita


Foreign Minister Taro Kono at a Lower House Foreign Affairs Committee meeting on April 12 made remarks on a status of forces agreement stipulating the Self-Defense Force members’ legal status when they are dispatched to the U.S. for training. Kono said: “SDF members are participating in more (joint) exercises (in the U.S.) than before. The idea [of signing a SOFA] should be fully examined in view of the needs of the Ministry of Defense and the SDF.” (Abridged)



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