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Diet OK’s defense logistics pacts with U.S., Britain, Australia

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The Diet approved Friday bilateral agreements to enable logistics cooperation between the Self-Defense Forces and the U.S., British and Australian militaries, including mutual provision of ammunition in peacetime.

The acquisition and cross-servicing agreements were given the green light at the day’s plenary meeting of the House of Councillors by majority vote, led by the ruling camp of the Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito. They cleared the House of Representatives last month.

Under the agreements, mainly for mutual provision of food, fuel and other supplies, Japan will be able to provide the three countries with ammunition in peacetime and fueling for combat aircraft preparing to take off, both of which became possible following the implementation of the security-related laws last year.

The pacts will cover situations stipulated in the laws, such as the ones in which Japan is allowed to exercise its right of collective self-defense following an attack on another country thought to pose a clear danger to Japan’s existence, and in which it is recognized that Japan’s peace and safety may be significantly affected.Speech

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