A special committee under the upper house of the Japanese national Diet passed controversial government-backed security-related bills amid chaos in the chamber.
The passage came without a final debate on the bills, paving way for the chamber’s plenary session to vote the bills.
A chaotic scene in the upper house…
Yoshitada Konoike, a ruling Liberal Democratic Party member who chairs the upper house panel session on the controversial security bills, failed for more than 15-hours to bring the panel session to order.
He was surrounded and mobbed by lawmakers from opposition Democratic Party of Japan, who feared the bills would drag Japan to another war.
Meanwhile, outside Japan’s Parliament, and despite heavy rain, thousands of people gathered to voice their opposition to the bills.
According to the latest national polls, the vast majority of the public are against the legislation, worrying about its unconstitutionality and the risk it brings to drag Japan into war.
But despite all of the opposition, the bills were still passed by the special committee under the upper house on Thursday.
The bills, if enacted, will allow the Japanese Self-Defense Forces or SDF to engage in armed conflicts overseas, even if Japan is not under attack, for the first time in 70 years. However, the Japanese war-renouncing Constitution bans the SDF from using forces abroad.
The opposition parties said earlier that if the bills were approved, they are expected to launch accountability resolution against the prime minister and no-confidence motion against Abe’s cabinet in a move to delay the vote.
And as the Japanese ruling camp led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe secured the majority in the upper house, the controversial bills would be approved in the upcoming plenary at earliest on Thursday.