Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Anti-war protests in Japan

Thousands of anti-war demonstrators held a rally outside the parliament building in Tokyo on Tuesday, protesting against the Japanese government's new so-called security law which reinterprets Article 9 of the country's Constitution, which renounced war as a means to settle international disputes following World War II.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pushed for the revisions which "expand the activities of the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) overseas, even in situations when Japan is not under direct attack," The laws permits the Japanese military to provide greater support to the militaries of the United States and other nations anywhere in the world.

An estimated 37,000 demonstrated against Japan's expanded militarism. In Tokyo, protesters chanted and held signs saying 'we don't condone war,' . Over the weekend, hundreds of high school students took to the streets in Tokyo's Shibuya district calling for a "peaceful future." Demonstrations were also held in another 35 cities across Japan.

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