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Tense moments in Japanese parliament

Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 00:53

Members of Japan's parliament continue to wrangle over a security bill and whether or not to bring it to a vote. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Japanese parliament continued to wrangle on Thursday (September 17) over moving to vote on the controversial security bills 16 hours after they began procedures in the upper house. In one of many political battles over the security bills, the directors of parliament in charge of parliament procedures clashed early in the morning and moved to censure the head of the parliament directors, ruling party Yoshitada Konoike, who had sought to move to vote without debating the issue. Konoike promptly stepped down and delegated his position to Liberal Democratic Party colleague Masahisa Sato. A scuffle ensued as opposition party members protested the move. Many who support Japan's post-war pacifist constitution are concerned that Abe's move will increase the risk of Japan being dragged into armed conflicts and thus endanger Japanese people's right to live in peace. Abe's ruling bloc has an upper house majority, but major opposition parties have vowed to prevent a vote before parliament disperses on Sept. 27 by using delaying tactics such as no-confidence and censure motions.

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Tense moments in Japanese parliament

Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 00:53