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A group of lawyers released a statement Friday expressing outrage over the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s recent move to “forcibly” interpret a high-profile 1959 Supreme Court ruling to justify its claim that Japan is allowed to wield the right to collective self-defense.

The ruling on the so-called Sunagawa Incident, in which seven people against the expansion of the now-defunct U.S. air base in Tachikawa, western Tokyo, were indicted for trespassing on the base, stated that “foreign” forces in Japan do not violate war-renouncing Article 9, concluding that U.S forces should be allowed to stay where they are.

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