Japan New Security Laws Unpopular At Home

Japan New Security Laws Unpopular At Home

AFTER days of ill-tempered wrangling inside and vocal protests outside, the upper house of the Japanese Diet (parliament) passed a series of security bills on September 19th aimed at substantially modifying the way the country’s post-war pacifist constitution is interpreted. The vote, of 148 to 90, was pushed through by Shinzo Abe’s conservative coalition. It marks a significant break with the past that has caused both the prime minister’s popularity to plummet and outrage in China, but has been largely welcomed by Japan’s regional neighbours and allies (apart from South Korea).

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