TOKYO (Xinhua) – Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) started dialogue with its junior partner the Komeito Party on Saturday over security-related legislation, but the two parties remain divided on the legalisation for the right to collective self-defence.
The talks between deputy chiefs of the two ruling parties are expected to focus on the degree to which the scope of the activities by the Self-Defence Forces (SDF) should be expanded based on an interim report on revising the Japan-US defence cooperation guidelines, according to Japan’s Kyodo News.
They wanted to accelerate the talks as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration plans to present related bills to the parliament after next April’s quadrennial nationwide local elections, said Kyodo.
The Japanese government mulls to revise more than 10 related laws since Abe’s administration reinterpreted the constitution last July to allow the SDF to exercise the right to collective self-defence, said the report.
Japan’s new Defence Minister Gen Nakatani is striving to enact a permanent law on the expansion of the SDF’s operations overseas, while Komeito is reluctant, reported Kyodo.