The Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito have effectively reached an agreement on new security legislation that, if passed, will significantly expand the range of operations the Self-Defense Forces are permitted to conduct and mark a major turning point in Japan’s security policies.
On Wednesday, the two ruling parties basically agreed on the overall shape of the security laws, which cover five main fields, including the overseas dispatch of SDF personnel and the exercise of the nation’s right of collective self-defense in limited situations.
The government and the ruling parties plan to submit bills on the security legislation to the Diet in mid-May.
The bills will remove many of the restrictions currently imposed on Japan’s national security policies.
On Wednesday, the LDP and Komeito held a meeting of ruling coalition lawmakers on security legislation at the Diet.
A joint draft document summarizing the discussions held by this committee thus far was presented by meeting chairman and LDP Vice President Masahiko Komura and Komeito deputy leader Kazuo Kitagawa, the vice chair.