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LDP split over proposed legislation to empower Japan Coast Guard 

  • April 6, 2021
  • , Sankei
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Sankei highlighted a growing schism within the ruling LDP over the idea of either drafting a new law or revising an existing statute aimed at enabling the Japan Coast Guard (JCG) to take more aggressive actions in countering China’s relentless patrol operations in the vicinity of the Senkaku Islands. Opponents within the party and many JCG officials are reportedly dismissive of the idea on the grounds that the current legal framework is sufficient for carrying out the necessary operations to defend the outcrops.  

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