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Unpopular Japan security bills approved by lower house

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Legislation for a dramatic change in Japan's defence policy that loosens constraints on the military was approved by parliament's lower house on Thursday, despite huge popular protests and a dent in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ratings.

[TOKYO] Legislation for a dramatic change in Japan's defence policy that loosens constraints on the military was approved by parliament's lower house on Thursday, despite huge popular protests and a dent in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ratings.

Mr Abe says a bolder security stance, welcomed by ally Washington, is essential to meeting new challenges, such as those from a rising China.

Opponents say the revisions could entangle Japan in US-led conflicts around the globe and violate pacifist Article Nine of the US-drafted, post-war constitution.

REUTERS

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