The Lower House plenary session began deliberations Wednesday on two bills that would enable the Self-Defense Forces to provide rear-area support to U.S.-led military forces in the campaign against terrorism.

The bills were drafted by the government following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

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