The Diet on Wednesday passed a bill to revise a law that will give equal authority over the Self-Defense Forces to both bureaucrats and uniformed personnel in the Defense Ministry.
The bill revises Article 12 of the Defense Ministry Law.
Previously, the law was weighted in favor of bureaucrats concerning decision-making, who then passed instructions to uniformed personnel. The new law gives uniformed personnel authority over tactical operations, enabling a faster response to emergency situations.
The SDF have been under bureaucratic control since 1954.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dismissed concern that the proposed revision would give too much control to the armed forces. He said the prime minister will still be commander-in-chief of the military.© Japan Today