Constitution Seen Highest Hurdle for SDF Middle East Mission

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Tokyo, Oct. 22 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government faces a series of challenges for dispatching Self-Defense Forces to the Middle East, especially whether such SDF activities would be consistent with the Constitution in the event of their possible involvement in an armed conflict.

The government started full-fledged work on considering details after deciding at a meeting of the National Security Council on Friday to study a plan to send SDF vessels and patrol planes to the Middle East as part of its efforts to ensure navigational safety in the region.

The government would treat the envisaged SDF dispatch as investigation and research activities under the law for the establishment of the Defense Ministry, involving surveillance activities by the SDF vessels and patrol planes.

The aim of the investigation and research activities would be to collect information and therefore not include operations to protect Japanese ships.

As the activities do not require approval from parliament, the government can send SDF troops for the mission promptly.

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