SIASJSituations In Areas Surrounding Japan
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The 1997 defense guidelines stressed that the concept of gsituations in areas surrounding Japanh (SIASJ) is gnot geographic, but situationalh, suggesting that Japan-US defense cooperation would not necessarily be limited to a geographic region.
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.