Despite its unpopularity with the public, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pushed his new security bill through the lower house of parliament on Thursday. It now goes on to the upper house, where it has 60 days to be passed. The proposed laws would greatly expand the role of the Japanese military, the so-called Self-Defense Force, which has maintained a strictly preventative function for decades, following Japan’s post-World War II pacifist constitution. It would also drop a ban on fighting to defend a friendly country like the United States and make it easier for Japan to get involved in “gray zone” incidents falling short of outright war. Abe explained that the bills were necessary because “the security situation around Japan is getting tougher,” alluding to a rising China. Outspoken opposition But while his tougher security stance is welcomed in Washington, other lawmakers were not so pleased at what they saw as an attempt to turn the country’s constitution on its head. When a House of Representatives panel, dominated by Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) gave their approval for the measures to move forward to debate on Wednesday, opposition lawmakers held banners to protest the “forced” passage. “Prime Minister Abe, you… Read full this story
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