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Japan Lower House OKs Security Bills Despite Protests

Japan's lower house of parliament has approved legislation that would allow an expanded role for the nation's military in a vote boycotted by the opposition. The vote Thursday came one day after Prime Minster Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc forced the bills through a committee despite intensifying protests. "The security situation around Japan is getting tougher," said Prime Minister Abe after the vote. "These bills are vital to protect the Japanese people's...

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