New rule allows Japanese military personnel to carry heavy weapons while abroad

Japanese Self Defense Force troops participate in a military drill at the training grounds in Narashino, suburban Tokyo.

Japanese Self Defense Force troops participate in a military drill at the training grounds in Narashino, suburban Tokyo.

The Japanese Cabinet met on Nov. 29 and decided to significantly ease restrictions on the types of weapons allowed for military personnel while carrying out peace and disaster relief missions abroad. Up to now, only light weapons including pistols, rifles and light machine guns were allowed for Japan’s Self Defense Forces personnel while on mission abroad. The new rule will extend that list to include heavy weapons such as rockets and cannons.

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