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SDF to be allowed to conduct evacuation operations that only involve foreign nationals

  • December 16, 2021
  • , Yomiuri
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Yomiuri gave top coverage to a GOJ plan to amend the SDF Law to enable the SDF to conduct evacuation operations that only involve foreign nationals during contingencies abroad, saying that local employees of Japanese diplomatic missions and JICA offices and their dependents will be covered under the envisaged rescue operations. Although a provision in the statute stipulates that foreign nationals can only be evacuated by SDF troops together with Japanese citizens, the SDF airlifted Afghans out of the country in response to a request from the United States on an emergency basis when the Taliban seized control of Kabul in late August. The GOJ has reportedly decided to revise the law to make such operations fully legal. As many Afghan allies and their family members have used commercial flights to escape to Japan, the paper said that if the law is amended as envisaged, it will be possible to use SDF aircraft for such operations.

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