The ruling bloc rammed three key bills through the Lower House Friday, including a permanent antipiracy law that lets the Maritime Self-Defense Force protect ships of any nationality and have greater latitude in the use of force, and a relaxed gift tax so parents can give their offspring funds to buy a home.

Although the antipiracy bill, the tax reform bill and a revision of the pension law were all rejected by the opposition-controlled Upper House Friday morning, the Liberal Democratic Party-New Komeito ruling coalition rammed them through a revote in the lower chamber using its two-thirds majority.

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