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Japan's ruling party tries to divert public eyes from scandal

By passing anti-conspiracy bill, LDP hopes to quiet its naysayers

Opposition party members criticize the LDP's decision at an upper house committee on Wednesday.

TOKYO -- With Prime Minister Shinzo Abe facing a growing political scandal, his ruling party resorted to a strong-arm tactic of forcing a quick floor vote on a controversial anti-conspiracy bill, aiming to divert public attention while scoring a legislative win.

"We can't do something like that!" Kazuya Shimba, who heads the leading opposition Democratic Party's Diet affairs committee for the upper house, exclaimed in a meeting Wednesday. "It would be suicide for the upper house. We haven't even deliberated."

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