Japan PM mocked on Internet over model explanation

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TOKYO: Japanese Twitter users were howling in derision on Wednesday after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe used paper models and cut-out firefighters on television, in his latest attempt to explain controversial security legislation. Apparently concerned about declining public support and suspicion of bills that will allow so-called “collective defense,” Abe used props on two different programs to try to persuade the public of his case. Under current laws “Japan cannot help the United States extinguish a fire” in an American home, he told viewers of Fuji TV on Monday, gesturing to a large paper house with a US flag. Under bills that passed through the lower house of parliament last week, which allow Japanese troops to fight alongside allies when under attack, these “firefighters” would no longer be impotent, Abe told viewers.

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