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A bill is being drafted to make it easier for the Self-Defense Forces to use their weapons if they engage in antipiracy missions off Somalia, government sources said Friday.

The Liberal Democratic Party-New Komeito ruling bloc kicked off debate Friday, and the government hopes to submit the bill to the Diet to deploy Maritime Self-Defense Force ships off Somalia, where piracy has been rampant. Any government bill must be endorsed by the ruling bloc before going to the Diet.

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