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  • If an armed group lands on a remote island without any Japanese police forces or Japan Coast Guard vessels nearby, the Self-Defense Forces would be allowed to respond in the form of a seaborne policing action.
  • When SDF personnel are taking part in international peacekeeping operations, they would be allowed to protect members of Japanese nongovernment organizations or foreign troops taking part in the peacekeeping operations under attack.
  • In the event of the lives of Japanese nationals being threatened by a terrorist group in a foreign country, and if the government of that country agrees to allow SDF involvement, the troops could act to save the Japanese nationals.
  • In the event of an armed conflict near Japan, U.S. vessels could carry Japanese nationals at the request of the Japanese government. The Maritime Self-Defense Force would be allowed to help escort the U.S. vessels.
  • In the event of an armed attack on the United States, ballistic missiles could be spotted flying over Japan on course to hit the United States. Japan could act under the concept that it might also come under fire unless the attack is stopped quickly.

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