Japan wants to revise the existing law prioritizing civilian control over national self-defense forces, Japanese media reports. The idea of civilian participation in military decision-making was fostered following the defeat in WWII.
This proposal, to amend current provisions and give more direct power to the Joint Staff Act, will require legislative change, the sources close to the Defense ministry told The Japan Times. The draft law is likely to be submitted to the National Diet as soon as the next week.
The initiative of the further erosion the post-WWII legislature in Japan allegedly comes from SDF personnel, both acting and former officers currently occupying lawmaking positions in the Diet.