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Junior ruling party cautious about SDF deployment to Middle East

  • October 31, 2019
  • , Mainichi, Yomiuri, Nikkei
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Nikkei, Yomiuri, and Mainichi reported that the Komeito party has voiced concern about the GOJ’s plan to send to the Middle East a warship and/or military aircraft for maritime security operations. The junior ruling partner is reportedly cautious about the legal grounds for deployment and takes issue with the planned invocation of the Defense Ministry Establishment Act, which authorizes the ministry to conduct “research and study.” The GOJ has reportedly explained that based on the provision, SDF assets will be mobilized to “collect intelligence.” Komeito members are reportedly saying that an “exit strategy” should be drawn up ahead of committing military assets. 

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