September 17, 2015

Upper house panel approves contentious defense bills amid chaos

TOKYO — Japan took a step on Thursday toward enacting legislation for a policy shift that would allow troops to fight abroad for the first time since World War Two, part of the prime minister’s agenda to loosen the limits of a pacifist constitution.

The security policy shift, which Abe says is vital to meet challenges such as a rising China, has sparked protests and sharply eroded his popular support. Read more.

Japan Today

Related,
Opposition parties’ delaying tactics throw Diet into chaos - Japan Times
Upper House panel passes security bills in raucous session; protests continue - Asahi Shimbun

Japan Military Bills Provoke Scuffling in Parliament (video) - NY Times
Mothers' message (photo) - Japan Today

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