Monday, August 19, 2013

Panel ‘backs SDF defense of islands’ - The Japan News

A panel tasked with reviewing the government’s constitutional interpretation of Japan’s right to collective self-defense will propose law revisions to allow the use of weapons in such cases as low-level conflicts over remote islands that may not involve actual armed attacks, according to sources close to the matter.

The Advisory Panel on Reconstruction of the Legal Basis for Security assumed several scenarios for the latest proposal, such as the occupation by an armed foreign national of remote Japanese islands, including the Senkaku Islands in Okinawa Prefecture, and a sudden clash with forces from another country.

The panel was originally established under the first Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in May 2007.

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Comment: Politicians are real quick to do two things with the military. The first thing is to pose for pictures with the men and women who put their lives on the line or better yet with a piece of hardware that demonstrates the "size" of their commitment. The second thing is to send those men and women out to fight and die for their shortcomings.

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