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.
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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