Japan Divided As Abe 'Bulldozes' Military Bills Through
Pacifist protesters across Japan are against Abe's push for more military powers in the face of international and regional security threats.By Kate Grumke | July 16, 2015
Japan is divided over taking a more active military role in foreign conflicts. Legislation passed the country's lower house Thursday.
The bills would allow the country limited military participation in some foreign conflicts. The change has sparked large protests and a petition of 1.65 million signatures. The protesters say the change violates the pacifist constitution Japan adopted after World War II.
But Japanese lawmakers have actually been chipping away at that pacifist policy for years.