Thursday, 16 July 2015 - 12:34
Japanese premier to push Japan security bills through lower house, despite protests
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's coalition was set to approve today legislation in the lower house of parliament that could see troops sent to fight abroad for the first time since World War Two, despite thousands of protesters overnight chanting and holding up placards reading "No War, No Killing".
A lower house panel approval of the unpopular bills, which would drop a ban on collective self-defence or fighting to defend a friendly country like the United States, sparked a huge demonstration and more are planned.
The protest was reminiscent of those that toppled Abe's grandfather from the premiership 55 years ago after he rammed a revised U.S.-Japan security pact through parliament.