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Ruling, opposition parties deadlocked over proposed security bill

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Aren't any Komeito members voting against this?

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No, because evidently Komeito lawmakers got drunk on power and sold out their principles....a party with Buddhism roots supporting these bills. Komeito rank and file should revolt against their " representatives".

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“Prime Minister Abe is wrong in his way of trying to build peace. We must oust Abe or Japan could be destroyed.”

The most spot on quote I've heard this year!

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well spoken

“Japan is now heading toward war, blindly following the United States. The bills are against the constitution,” said 55-year-old Makiko Inui as she stood in the rain outside parliament.

“Prime Minister Abe is wrong in his way of trying to build peace. We must oust Abe or Japan could be destroyed.”

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What will these protesters say when china finally comes for senkaku and Okinawa. Crying "no war" is cool and sexy but they should look at the reality. No country can defend itself alone. Seriously what is needed now is for NK to throw us some candy down here. Then the protesters will realize their stupidity.

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change: "What will these protesters say when china finally comes for senkaku and Okinawa."

What you fail to understand is that China is far more likely to come to Japan BECAUSE of the bills, if they were coming at all. One thing that's for sure is that since Abe took office and has been promising to engage in wars against ISIS, etc., Japan has never been more threatened than it is now since WII. It's precisely BECAUSE of Abe's policies, and only the blind think that his policies are what's needed now for protection (from his policies) instead of just not adopting policies that put you in the place of needing them.

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After the Collective Defense bill is passed, the "2-year Mandatory SDF internship by new hires of corporations" is next, to man the SDF when current SDF members are fleeing upon contract renewal time, in fear of dying in the deserts of Syria or in the mountains of North Korea.

Since the existing SDF members are fleeing and the new recruits hit record lows, the only possible means of filling the ranks of SDF now is conscription.

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Good, I hope the opposition will get stronger and stronger, theres no need for this bill, never was and never will. Japan is doing fine as it is.

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change,

Maybe you should look at some reality.

No one is attacking Japan.

China would have nothing to gain from "coming for Okinawa," except to knock out the US bases if it were going to make an all out attack. Which is one, quite understandable reason why Okinawans want the bases OFF their island.

And why would China make an all out attack on Japan?

For the natural resources?

There aren’t any.

For the vast areas of land to house their expanding populace?

None of those either.

As Smith writes, what Abe is doing right now likely to provoke an act of aggression, not avoid one.

Japan has SELF-defense capabilities already.

Abe has to go and Japan has to get back on track.

Japan has SELF-defense capabilities already.

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They keep upping the consumption tax, first to 8% and then to 10%, on the pretext of needing more money to prop up the pension system, and then earmark whatever new funds are collected to buy Aegis destroyers and jet fighters. (The pension fund also reportedly lost 5 trillion yen that was stupidly invested in Chinese stocks that crashed last month.) No wonder the media has been reporting on the inevitable decline in living standards for pensioners.

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You guys think just shouting 'peace' means every other potential aggressor will go away. Look at what is happening at tge south china sea. You are not dealing with a rational partner. They dont give a sh*t about international order. Thats why a deterrent is needed. You only wanna leave your protection to the goodwill(if they ever had one in the first place) of a threatening neighbor. We put ALSOK sign at our homes etc for for a purpose

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Look at that commitment! Abe is so good, he can govern in his sleep! (This is sarcasm, of course)

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“Prime Minister Abe is wrong in his way of trying to build peace. We must oust Abe or Japan could be destroyed.”

Wisest words I've heard all year. Abe might do what his grandfather did in 1960 and hold a session without the opposition lawmakers present to pass the bills. That mustn't be allowed to happen. I also hope the will of the people prevails

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As Smith writes, what Abe is doing right now likely to provoke an act of aggression, not avoid one.

Heh-heh . . . like all the artificial island building, south china sea / east china sea activity is unprovocative too right? It's been 70 years. Time to amend the constitution to suit today's reality, today's world.

Provoke an act of aggression, you say? After China's nice little military parade, recently, I'd be wanting to reevaluate things too. Heh-heh . . . the North Koreans & Pyongyang are gearing up for their "very own" 70 yrs. anniversary parade too very shortly. They love to go out with a bang (literally) too.

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If this photo is accurate, Abe and Nakatani are sleeping on the job

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Sleeping? Naaa, they are in an intense meditation trying to solve Japan's top problems

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maybe a strong diplomacy is more realistic than building up military and opting for war. The US is now pulling out from the Arabs because they realize their mistake and are now on advising, training and assisting role rather than on the forefront.

with that said, if this bill is at all passed, it can be a game changer in many ways as it will allow japan more exposure to the outside. but this one need strong leadership, and i don't think Abe is ready for that.

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Naaa, they are in an intense meditation trying to solve Japan's top problems

The best way for them to solve Japan's problems would be to resign, after dropping the bills

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Perhaps the supreme court could throw it out. From what I've heard, they don't do that though, despite having the same judicial review as America.

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with that said, if this bill is at all passed, it can be a game changer in many ways as it will allow japan more exposure to the outside. but this one need strong leadership, and i don't think Abe is ready for that.

I would have no problem with that, if the Japanese people took the decision in a referendum. Mr ABe has no business deciding this issue by himself. In doing so, he is implying he is better than the people he is supposed to be serving.

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If this photo is accurate, Abe and Nakatani are sleeping on the job.

Abe sleeping on the job? No way! Probably starting to get another tummy ache. Hopefully the brouhaha didn't interrupt Abe-kun's beauty sleep, he needs it.

Seriously though, what an utterly uninspiring leader.

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The best way to solve Japan's problems is NOT TO CREATE ANY MORE!

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What you fail to understand is that China is far more likely to come to Japan BECAUSE of the bills, if they were coming at all.

Smith,

What's the thought process behind this comment? To be more precise, how does a legislation which allows " an armed attack against a foreign country that is in a close relationship with Japan occurs and as a result threatens Japan’s survival and poses a clear danger to fundamentally overturn people’s right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, and when there is no other appropriate means available to repel the attack and ensure Japan’s survival and protect its people, use of force to the minimum extent necessary should be permitted" CAUSE China to attack Japan?

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