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The Lower House on Tuesday kicked off much-awaited deliberations on two contentious security bills that would greatly expand the scope of the Self-Defense Forces’ missions overseas, and opposition lawmakers immediately went on the attack.

One of the two bills would amend 10 security-related laws and thereby remove some restrictions on SDF operations. One of the revisions would allow Japan to exercise the right of collective self-defense, or the right to come to the aid of an ally under attack.

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