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Japan to facilitate use of ports, airports by Self-Defense Forces

Government plans to revise policy for civilian facilities amid Taiwan tensions

The Japanese government is working on changes to the law that would allow the Self-Defense Forces to use civilian facilities, such as ports and airports, even in peacetime.

TOKYO -- Japan plans to make it easier for the Self-Defense Forces to use civilian ports and airports during peacetime by March 2024, a move designed to enable the country to respond quickly to an emergency on Taiwan or other contingencies.

According to sources, the government will revise its policy on the use of port facilities, which is based on the Port and Harbor Act and other laws, to include provisions for use by the Self-Defense Forces.

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