Japanese Lawmakers Pass Controversial Security Bills

… and things get ugly.

How ugly?

This ugly:

Crowd-surfing in anger.

Japan’s ruling party pushed contentious security bills through a legislative committee Thursday, catching the opposition by surprise and causing chaos in the chamber.

Opposition lawmakers surged toward the chairman’s seat as they realized something was up after ruling party legislators had gathered at the podium to protect him.

As the scrum intensified, ruling party lawmakers still in their seats stood up to signal their support for the legislation, though there didn’t appear to be an audible announcement of what they were voting on.

The legislative standoff is the latest development in a years long national debate about the way Japan uses its military, a central question for the country since its armed forces were defeated in World War II seven decades ago. The bills would ease restrictions on what the military can do, a highly sensitive issue in a country where many take pride in the postwar pacifist constitution.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Never crowd surf angry.

  • Maurixio Garciasanchez

    Japan is an island overpopulated , they should try to get the 2 islands back , they lost to the Russians .

    • Alain

      Yes, those islands were supposed to be returned to Japan following the war but the Soviet Union, now Russia, continues to refuse doing so. The Americans honoured the agreement concerning Okinawa, but not the Russians.

    • Shut up, Maurixio!

  • Alain

    Japan needs a strong and effective military in spite of the “peaceniks”, because Japan has some very dangerous neighbours. North Korea is certainly one and China with its imperialist ambitions is a bigger one. Furthermore I suspect they know they cannot count on the Americans defending them any more.

    • Kathy Prendergast

      I agree; the problem is the Japanese are not only still haunted by the history of their disastrous and humiliating defeat in WW II and the atrocities their military committed, they have also become so wealthy and have been protected for so long from North Korea’s and China’s aggression by their alliance with the U.S. that now they have become flaccid and complacent; if they didn’t have the biggest and meanest kid on the block watching their back they’d soon realize the need for a stronger military. Many Japanese detest any show of national pride. When I lived in Japan I went to a baseball game (baseball is by far the most popular sport there) and when the national anthem was played I was surprised that less than half the people in the stadium stood up.

      • Alain

        I agree with what you say, especially the younger generations in Japan. However from my experience I have to disagree about a lack of national pride. It may not be expressed in the same way as in the West, but it is there nevertheless even if it is some what less with the latest adult generation. For example when there is a natural disaster of any kind, you simply do not find looters and people taking advantage of the misfortune of others like we see in the West and in lots of other countries. They quickly come together and act as a nation should.

      • Japan’s reconciliation and its current military defense should be two different issues. China has committed and will commit more atrocities than Japan ever could. A nuclear North Korea backed by China should scare the tar out of everyone else in Asia.

    • Exactly.

  • Edubeat

    Japan has become a country of very olde people. If the birthrate keeps bottoming out there won’t be anyone left to worry about politics or feed its population. Birth control works!

  • andycanuck

    Nice butt!

  • FactsWillOut

    Pacifist constitution. Bwahahahah!
    “Those who forge their swords into plowshares will soon be plowing for those who did not.”