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After 116 hours, debate over Japanese defense bills barely off the ground

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The debate becomes heated as lawmakers in the lower house argue over defense bills Wednesday.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Japanese lawmakers spent some 116 hours debating the pros and cons of sweeping defense bills -- the sixth-longest period of deliberation to date -- before the measures were rammed through a parliamentary committee Wednesday. But for all the time spent, lawmakers did not go far beyond the basic question of whether or not the legislation is constitutional.

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