Japanese government eyes 3 laws for security legislation to expand SDF activities overseas

With the aim of developing seamless security legislation, the government and the Liberal Democratic Party will seek to revise the existing two laws and establish a permanent law to expand the Self-Defence Forces' activities abroad, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned.

The two laws that the government and the LDP plans to revise are the law concerning the nation's response to contingencies in areas surrounding Japan and the UN Peacekeeping Activities Cooperation Law.

The envisaged permanent law will enable the SDF to provide logistic support to multinational forces as part of international contributions in a conflict overseas even if the conflict is not considered as contingency in areas surrounding Japan that could seriously affect the country's peace and safety.

The new permanent law also will allow the SDF to offer humanitarian and reconstruction assistance to an international coalition outside the framework of UN peacekeeping operations.