Japan Takes Leap Toward Militarism With Passage of Controversial 'Security' Bills

Japan’s parliament passed into law on Saturday contentious bills would allow its troops to fight overseas for the first time since World War II.

The Japan Times reports that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s

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Protesters have filled the streets in opposition to the bills, with an estimated 10,000 protesters staging a rally outside parliament Saturday, chanting, “Protect the constitution.”

Kyodo news explains that “The legislation comprises revisions to 10 existing security-related laws and a new permanent law designed to allow the SDF [Japanese Self-Defense Forces] to provide logistical support to foreign militaries in international peacekeeping activities.”

Attempts to stop the bills took place within parliament as well. As Common Dreams reported Thursday: