• Kyodo


The government plans to present to the Diet next week a bill to revise the Self-Defense Forces Law to make it possible for the SDF to transport Japanese nationals by land as part of rescue operations during emergencies abroad, a ruling party source said.

The bill, compiled in response to the January hostage crisis in Algeria that resulted in the deaths of 10 Japanese among other expatriate victims, is expected to be approved by the Cabinet before being sent to the Diet on April 19, the source said.

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