Defense Agency chief Fumio Kyuma reiterated April 7 that the government must not be hampered by the need to get the approval of the Diet before dispatching the Self-Defense Forces during an emergency near Japan.

Updated guidelines for Japan-U.S. defense cooperation require the SDF to play a greater role in providing U.S. forces with logistic support in the event of an emergency in areas surrounding Japan. But opposition parties are demanding that the government first obtain Diet approval before allowing the SDF to cooperate with U.S. forces on the grounds that the Diet should retain control of Japan’s defense capabilities.

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