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Japan seeks quicker overseas rescues after Afghanistan debacle

Cabinet approves revisions easing limits on SDF evacuation missions

A Japanese Air Self-Defense Force C-2 transport plane takes off to Afghanistan in August. (Kyodo via Reuters)

TOKYO -- Japan looks to enable its Self-Defense Forces to evacuate both Japanese citizens and foreign nationals more easily and quickly in the event of an emergency overseas, after facing criticism for its slow response to the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan last year.

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