• Kyodo


The government will submit an antipiracy bill to the Diet that would allow foreign security contractors aboard Japanese flag-bearing vessels to carry firearms while in waters off Somalia and elsewhere, sources close to the issue said Sunday.

Vessels registered in Japan are prohibited from carrying private armed guards, under the Sword and Firearm Control Law.

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