Japanese Politicians Get Into Brawl Over Pacifism [VIDEO]


CURRENTLY MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT
IN JAPAN ARE DEBATING LEGISLATION THAT WOULD MAKE THE
MILITARY IN THE COUNTRY A LOT MORE ACTIVE AND INVOLVED
IN INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS. THIS HAS TO DO WITH THE PRIME
MINISTER OF JAPAN BEING CONCERNED ABOUT THE MILITARY
BEING A BUNCH OF PACIFIST. HE DOESN’T LIKE IT. HE THINKS THAT THEY SHOULD GET
MORE INVOLVED IN WHAT IS HAPPENING IN INTERNATIONAL
RELATIONS. THERE IS A LOT OF DISAGREEMENT
IN JAPAN ABOUT THIS, PARTICULARLY IN PARLIAMENT. DURING A RECENT DEBATE ABOUT IT,
THINGS GOT A LITTLE VIOLENT. TAKE A LOOK.>>AND THAT MY FRIENDS IS WHAT
CNN WAS HOPING FOR DURING THE REPUBLICAN DEBATE
LAST NIGHT. FORTUNATELY IT DID NOT
BREAK OUT IN VIOLENCE. “OPPOSITION POLITICIANS TRIED TO
PREVENT VOTING BY PILING ON TOP OF THE COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN AND
WRESTLING AWAY HIS MICROPHONE. LAWMAKERS FROM THE GOVERNING
PARTY PULLED THEM AWAY AND FORMED A PROTECTIVE SCRUM AROUND
THE CHAIRMAN TO ALLOW HIM TO CALL THE VOTE.” THOSE WHO ARE AGAINST THIS
LEGISLATION ARE LIKE OH NO, WE WANT THE MILITARY TO BE AS
PACIFIST AS POSSIBLE AND AS A RESULT WE ARE GOING TO FIGHT.>>IT SEEMS A BIT IRONIC. LET’S NOTE FOR THE RECORD THAT
SCRUM IS AN UNFORTUNATE WORD.>>FOR SOME REASON IT MAKES
ME THINK OF SCROTUM.>>IT IS A VERY UNFORTUNATE
COMBINATION. I PLAYED RUGBY, SO I WAS
IN A LOT OF SCRUMS. LOOK, WHEN IT IS NOT YOUR
GOVERNMENT IT LOOKS KIND OF FUN. COULD YOU IMAGINE BERNIE SANDERS
AND HILLARY CLINTON DOING THAT? THAT
SOUNDS ABSURD ON THE
DEMOCRATIC SIDE. ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE, NOT
QUITE AS ABSURD. DON’T FIGHT, IT’S A BAD IDEA. JAPAN, YOU ARE ONE OF THE
STRONGEST DEMOCRACIES IN THE WORLD. LET’S BRING IT BACK DOWN.>>BUT I RESPECT THOSE IN THE
OPPOSITION BECAUSE IT IS A DISASTROUS IDEA. THINK ABOUT IT, OUR COUNTRY IS
NOT GETTING INVOLVED IN ENOUGH UNNECESSARY WARS, LET’S
CHANGE THAT. COME ON, REALLY? I HAD TO READ INTO THIS A BIT
FURTHER TO FIGURE OUT WHAT THE INTENTIONS OF THE
PRIME MINISTER ARE. SO FAR I FEEL LIKE
JAPAN HAS IT GOOD. I WOULD MUCH RATHER NOT GET
INVOLVED IN THESE RIDICULOUS WARS THEN TO DO SO. “THE COMMITTEE EVENTUALLY PASSED
THE BILLS, SENDING THEM TO THE FULL UPPER HOUSE FOR WHAT
IS LIKELY TO BE A FINAL DECISIVE VOTE. IT PASSED BY THE FULL HOUSE, THE
LEGISLATION WOULD ALLOW THE JAPANESE MILITARY, KNOWN AS THE
SELF-DEFENSE FORCES, TO COOPERATE MORE CLOSELY WITH THE
MILITARIES OF ALLIES LIKE THE UNITED STATES, BY PROVIDING
LOGISTICAL SUPPORT AND IN CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES ARMED
BACKUP IN INTERNATIONAL CONFLICTS.” I DID READ INTO THIS, BUT I
FORGOT TO MENTION THIS, JAPAN RIGHT NOW IS WORRIED
ABOUT CHINA AND THEIR GROWING MILITARY POWER. RIGHT NOW THEY WANT TO WORK WITH
ALLIES IN THIS WAY JUST IN CASE THEY MIGHT NEED THE
ALLIES IN THE FUTURE, SHOULD ANYTHING HAPPEN BETWEEN
THEM AND CHINA.>>LET’S KEEP IT REAL, I GET IT.
I KNOW THE MOTIVATION BEHIND IT. ONE PART OF IT IS NORTH KOREA’S
CRAZY AND THEIR NUKES MIGHT BE ABLE TO REACH JAPAN. IF YOU ARE JAPAN, HOW
FURIOUS WOULD YOU BE? BUT THAT HAS BEEN
AROUND A LONG TIME. MAINLY IT IS THE GROWING POWER
OF CHINA THEY WANT TO WORK AGAINST HERE. THEY HAVE ALREADY HAD SOME
SCUFFLES IN THE ISLANDS. BUT YOU ALREADY HAVE A HUGE
DEFICIT IN JAPAN. NOW, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO? GET INVOLVED IN OTHER WARS
AND SPEND MONEY ON THAT? LOOK, AMERICA IS NOT GOING TO
LET CHINA TAKE JAPAN. WHAT THEY ARE WORRIED ABOUT IS
THAT AMERICA IS NOT GOING TO COME TO THEIR AID IF CHINA
GRABS A COUPLE OF ISLANDS. ARMING UP AND SPENDING ALL THE
MONEY TO ARM UP, ESPECIALLY DURING THE DEFICIT SOUNDS LIKE
A SUPER BAD IDEA TO ME. IT IS INTERESTING TO SEE
LIBERALS FIGHTING BACK. IN THE END, NOT THE RIGHT
WAY TO APPROACH IT. YOU DON’T WANT TO WRESTLE
ANYBODY. EASY FOR ME TO SAY
SITTING OVER HERE.