Japanese lawmakers late Thursday started what is set to be a marathon debate over controversial security bills after scuffles broke out in parliament and protesters railed against the measures. Parliamentarians gathered for a plenary shortly after 8:00 pm (1100 GMT) ahead of a vote that could see Japanese troops fight on overseas soil for the first time since World War II. In fraught scenes uncommon for Japan’s normally sedate parliament, opposition lawmakers earlier on Thursday climbed on top of each other in a bid to stop the chairman of a committee calling a vote on the controversial bills. Earlier, some held up pictures of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with a Hitler haircut and moustache.

Source: Japan upper house begins marathon security bill debate – Yahoo News

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