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Japan Diet Panel to Vote on Military Bills Amid Protests

Opposition lawmakers and thousands of protesters were making a last-ditch effort Wednesday to block a vote on security bills that would expand Japan's military role but that have divided the nation. The bills would allow Japan's military to defend its allies even when Japan isn't under attack, and to do more in international peacekeeping. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says Japan needs the bills to bolster its defense amid China's growing assertiveness and to share the...

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