THE JAPAN TIMES REPORTS JAPANESE MERCHANT SHIPS MAY EMPLOY ARMED GUARDS AGAINST PIRATES.
Ships can carry armed guards against pirates
"The Diet enacted a bill Wednesday that allows security guards to carry rifles aboard Japan-registered vessels to counter piracy off Somalia and elsewhere.
The legislation, passed with support from both the ruling and opposition camps, is the first in Japan to authorize private citizens to carry and use firearms."
The new law allows armed guards employed by foreign security contractors to fire warning shots to keep pirates from approaching a vessel."
SOURCE: JAPAN TIMES
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