Japan's new security laws take effect

TOKYO, March 29 (KUNA) — Japan’s new security laws took effect on Tuesday, which allow the nation’s military to fight abroad for the first time since World War II.
The controversial legislation enables the country to exercise the right to collective self-defense, which means the nation’s troops would be sent to wars to defend its allies, such as the US, when they come under attack.
The security bills were enacted by parliament last September despite strong opposition from the public and lawmakers. With a revision the Japanese Self-Defense Forces on UN peacekeeping missions are also now allowed to use their weapons to rescue foreign forces under attack from any armed group.
“Japan and the US new become an alliance that helps each other to defend Japan. Enforcement of the laws have strengthened the Japan-US bond,” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told a parliament committee on Tuesday. “The two countries had an advanced bilateral cooperation in sharing intelligence upon North Korea’s firing of ballistic missiles,” said Abe.
The premier also vowed to make efforts to win broad public support to deepen the public understanding of the legislation. (end) mk.tg