Japan’s new national security laws have now come into effect 6 months after being enacted last September.
The legislation allows Japan to use force by exercising its right to collective self-defense. Japan will be able to defend other nations with which it has close relations, if its survival is threatened.
The Japanese Self-Defense Forces can now carry out new duties.
Self-Defense Forces on UN peacekeeping missions will also be able to use their weapons to come to the aid of foreign forces under attack from any armed group. This duty may apply to Japanese peace keepers in South Sudan.
Government officials are expected to draw up new rules of engagement for these duties over the next 3 months. Drills based on the new rules are expected to begin later this year.
Source and image: NHK