Japan lawmakers scuffle over controversial security bills

Opposition lawmakers rush towards chairman Yoshitada Konoike (arms out) during the Upper House's ad hoc committee meeting on the controversial security bills, at the National Diet in Tokyo on September 17, 2015In scenes uncommon for Japan’s normally sedate parliament, members of the opposition and the ruling coalition pushed and shoved each other as a committee chairman was surrounded. Tensions were running high after the committee vote was repeatedly delayed through Wednesday night, as opposition lawmakers blocked doorways and packed the corridors of parliament in protest. Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets to vent their anger during almost daily rallies over the past weeks, a show of public feeling on a scale rarely seen in Japan.

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