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Japan's new security laws come into effect

 2016-03-29 08:21:47.0

A protester holding a placard takes part in a rally against Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's security bill and his administration in front of the parliament in Tokyo, Japan, September 17, 2015. A panel in Japan's upper house on Thursday approved legislation for a security policy shift that would allow troops to fight abroad for the first time since World War Two, a ruling party lawmaker said. REUTERS/Yuya Shino

Tokyo:�Japan's new national security laws have come into effect after being enacted last September, the media reported on Tuesday.

The legislation allows Japan to use force by exercising its right to collective self-defence, public broadcaster NHK reported. Japan will be able to defend other nations with which it has close relations, if its survival is threatened. The Japanese Self-Defence Forces can now carry out new duties. Self-Defence Forces on UN peacekeeping missions will also be able to use their weapons to come to the aid of foreign forces under attack from any armed group. This duty may apply to Japanese peace keepers in South Sudan. Government officials are expected to draw up new rules of engagement for these duties over the next three months. Drills based on the new rules are expected to begin later this year.(IANS)

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