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SDF law to be amended to ensure swift evacuation of Japanese nationals abroad

  • December 15, 2021
  • , Asahi, Mainichi, Yomiuri
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Mainichi, Asahi, and Yomiuri took up remarks made to the press yesterday by Defense Minister Kishi, who disclosed that the ministry has commenced a study on revising the SDF Law to enable SDF troops to swiftly evacuate Japanese citizens overseas. Critics have reportedly insisted that a clause in the statute stood in the way of deploying swiftly an SDF unit to Afghanistan on an evacuation mission following the Taliban’s seizure of Kabul on Aug. 15. The provision calls for the GOJ to ensure the “safety” of SDF personnel when carrying out evacuation operations on foreign soil. Prime Minister Kishida has reportedly instructed the defense chief to look into the article, reasoning that the level of safety of SDF troops that the government must guarantee when ordering such operations should not be equal to that of private citizens.

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