A project team of the Liberal Democratic Party-New Komeito ruling bloc endorsed the outline of a special bill to enable both the Japan Coast Guard and the Maritime Self-Defense Force to inspect vessels sailing to or from North Korea suspected of being involved in arms shipments.

The government and ruling coalition have been keen on drafting and enacting the bill as soon as possible, following the recent U.N. resolution 1874, which calls on member states to inspect vessels to prevent Pyongyang from engaging in arms-related shipments.

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