This is the second installment of a series that focuses on recent changes to Japan’s national security and the background of the government’s intentions.
“Gray-zone situations” are states of increased military tension that do not involve actual armed attacks on Japan.
The security-related bills that have been submitted to the Diet would enable the Self-Defense Forces to provide “armed and other protection” to U.S. military vessels, aircraft and other units in such situations.
Under the current law, if a U.S. ship is attacked in waters near Japan while engaging in joint activities with the SDF, Japan’s stance is what Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has described as: “We can’t do anything. We won’t do anything.”
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