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The controversial dispatch of three Air Self-Defense Force transport planes to Thailand for a possible evacuation mission in Cambodia was the “right choice,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Seiroku Kajiyama said July 18.

In the wake of objections to the dispatch, he said new legislation should be considered to justify such preparatory missions. “The government is responsible for securing the safety of Japanese overseas,” Kajiyama told a regularly scheduled news conference. “The three planes were sent to best prepare for a possible evacuation of Japanese people there in case of a sudden change of the situation.”

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