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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Premier Gets Shove-Off

TOKYO () -- Opposition lawmakers protesting an unpopular bailout for failed housing lenders shoved Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto away from a Parliamentary committee room Tuesday to prevent a final debate on the plan.

The lawmakers, some of whom had spent the night near the room, shouted at Hashimoto and demanded he scuttle plans to spend 685 billion yen ($6.5 billion) in tax money on the bailout.

After being jostled in a crush of policemen and lawmakers Tuesday morning, Hashimoto gave up and went back to his residence. No one was hurt in the scuffle. It was unclear when debate on the plan would begin.