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Security law ups ante for SDF

A Japanese Self-Defense Forces member, pictured here in May, helps with construction as part of a U.N. peacekeeping operation in South Sudan. (Photo courtesy of Japan's Ministry of Defense)

TOKYO -- The Abe government's legislative push to expand the scope of Self-Defense Forces operations overseas is raising international expectations for a bigger Japanese contribution to peacekeeping and humanitarian activities.

     But the bigger role envisioned for the SDF by the legislation represents a radical shift in Japan's security policy and is likely to bring much greater risks to SDF troops on the ground.

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