The government and ruling coalition have agreed to impose a two-year limit on planned legislation to enable the Self-Defense Forces to assist a U.S.-led operation against terrorism.

The accord came Monday evening as secretaries general and policy affairs chiefs of the three ruling parties — the Liberal Democratic Party, New Komeito and the New Conservative Party — gave their approval to a government-proposed guideline for the legislation that would substantially expand the scope of SDF activities overseas, coalition officials said.

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