• JIJI, Kyodo

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The government faces a series of challenges dispatching Self-Defense Forces to the Middle East, in particular whether such activities would be consistent with the Constitution in the event of their possible involvement in armed conflict.

The government has begun a full appraisal of such details after deciding at a National Security Council, or NSC, meeting on Friday to study a plan that would involve sending SDF vessels and patrol planes to the Middle East, as part of its efforts to ensure navigational safety in the region.

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