Monday, August 26, 2013

Legal process for collective defense eyed | The Japan Times

The government is looking at drafting a new law to set up the legal procedures for collective self-defense and to make Diet approval mandatory for Japan to exercise the U.N.-declared right, a source said Saturday.

The new law would be designed to serve two purposes, the government source said. One is to give the Diet the power to block military action, and the other is to help the ruling Liberal Democratic Party win support from the opposition parties, as well as its Buddhist-backed coalition partner New Komeito, which fears that permitting collective defense would put Japan at risk of being dragged into a war waged by other countries.

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