But as in a lot of 'democracies'... what the people want means little.
Quote of the week so far:
"The Wall Street Journal covered the core event of the drama in these terms: “Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a significant stride (on the 15th) toward his goal of expanding the role of Japan’s military, as the main chamber of parliament passed a package of national security bills despite scant public support and doubts about its constitutionality.
“The passage of the bills enables Mr. Abe to make good on a promise he made to U.S. lawmakers to approve ‘by this summer’ legislation that allows Japan to take on more responsibility under their bilateral security agreement.”
The stunning complacency the Journal betrays here echoes Abe’s own. Somebody needed to make the point that Abe’s primary accountability is not to U.S. lawmakers but to the people of Japan."
- Michael Hoffman, The Japan Times