Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition on Friday rammed a contentious bill aimed at criminalizing conspiracy through the Lower House Judicial Affairs Committee amid fierce criticism it will lead to abuses of power by law enforcement.
An uproar broke out as the panel voted on the revised bill, with opposition politicians from the Democratic Party swarming — and at times shoving — Chairman Junji Suzuki in an apparent bid to physically prevent him from calling the vote.
"The vote is invalid!" and "You're embarrassing!" they shouted at Suzuki.