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As lawmakers continue their heated debate over the controversial security bills in the Upper House, the Defense Ministry is quietly but steadily preparing for what comes after the legislation’s enactment — including determining who is eligible to fight in a war, according to journalist Yu Terasawa.

Since April, the ministry has been distributing “family cards” to personnel in the Maritime Self-Defense Force to fill in detailed personal information, ranging from their families’ email addresses and cellphone numbers to their own health conditions.

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