Protesters raise their fists as they shout slogans during a rally against Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's administration and his security-related legislation in front of the parliament building in Tokyo July 15, 2015. REUTERS/Issei Kato
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A Japanese parliamentary committee approved legislation that would expand the role of Japan's military Wednesday after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc forced the vote in the face of vocal protests from opposition lawmakers and citizens.Opposition lawmakers tried to stop the committee vote as hundreds of citizens protested outside.That tension was on display Wednesday as opposition lawmakers attempted to thwart the committee's vote and hundreds chanted anti-war and anti-Abe slogans outside to protest.
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