SIASJSituations In Areas Surrounding Japan
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But during the National Diet deliberations on the 1999 SIASJ law, which enabled the implementation of the 1997 guidelines, the government was compelled to invoke the Far East clause in the US-Japan Mutual Security Treaty to limit the geographic scope of bilateral defense cooperation.
The geographic restrictions imposed during the Diet deliberations regarding the 1999 SIASJ Law would no longer apply, freeing Japan to provide rear-area support in areas like the Persian Gulf and the Indian Ocean.