Japanese ruling bloc makes final push despite protests

The Japanese government has began a final push to enact the controversial security bills proposed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that could let its troops fight overseas for the first time since World War II.

But the bills have sparked massive protests from ordinary citizens and other critics who say the bills violate the pacifist constitution. 

The opposition Democratic Party of Japan has not ruled out resorting to the "Ox Walk" tactic, where lawmakers walk at an excruciatingly slow pace to the ballot box, to delay the vote. 

Meanwhile, thousands of demonstrators have rallied near parliament every day this week, and were set to gather again Friday.

Parliament's current session runs until September 27, but ruling party lawmakers are keen to have the upper house approve the bills before a five-day holiday starts Saturday. The bills had been approved by an upper house panel Thursday.