The Diet is set to enact an antipiracy bill Friday to establish a permanent law that will enable the Maritime Self-Defense Force to protect vessels of any nationality off Somalia, by use of force if necessary.

An Upper House defense committee controlled by the opposition rejected the bill Thursday, as the Democratic Party of Japan argued that Diet approval should be required for the government to deploy MSDF units overseas to hunt pirates.

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