Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s on Tuesday decided that the new national security laws that allows Japan’s forces to defend its close allies if under attack will take effect March 29, following a Japanese government cabinet resolution .
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told his cabinet Tuesday that the legislation “further ensures peace and security of our country through increasing deterrence and proactively contributing to peace and stability of the region as well as the international community.”
The ruling coalition passed the controversial bills through the parliament last year and enacted the legislation in September 2015 amid strong opposition from the public and academics due to its unconstitutionality.
The legislation allow the Japanese Self-Defence Forces (SDF) to engage in armed conflicts overseas and exercise the right to collective self-defense.
However, the Japanese war-renouncing constitution banned the SDF from exercising the right to collective defense.
Over 90 percent of the country’s constitutional experts see the new legislation violating the supreme law and the enactment of the legislation triggered large scale of protests across the nation.
Analysts here said the prime minister would delay the framework for the SDF to carry out the enlarged tasks, with worries that the move would impact on the ruling bloc’s campaign over the coming upper house election, which is key to Abe to launch a motion to amend the constitution.