Japan’s House passes bills allowing troops to fight overseas

(From Kyodo)

Japan’s Lower House Thursday passed security bills that aim to expand the role of the Self-Defense Forces abroad despite objections by opposition parties and unease among the public.

Anti-nuclear activists protest  in front of the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo

Anti-nuclear activists protest in front of the prime minister’s official residence in Tokyo

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling coalition railroaded the bills in an afternoon plenary session despite opposition parties’ calls for continued deliberations in the Lower House. Five opposition parties skipped the vote in protest.

The government-sponsored bills are now expected to be sent to the Upper House for further deliberations. Read more



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