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Japan: Anti-war demonstrators decry Abe’s non-pacifist defence bill01:58

Japan: Anti-war demonstrators decry Abe’s non-pacifist defence bill

Japan, Tokyo
March 13, 2016 at 09:03 GMT +00:00 · Published

Hundreds of people took part in a protest against Japan’s proposed new defence bills in Shinjuku, Tokyo, on Sunday.

A broad section of Japanese society has opposed the country’s decision to reform its pacifist constitutional stance. This demonstration, which was jointly organised by the Students Emergency Action for Liberal Democracy (SEALD) and the Association of Scholars, was made up of students, young people, academics, workers and pensioners.

Many people carried homemade banners and placards to express their opposition to the Abe government. Slogans such as “This country has sworn to never wage war again” were prominent in the crowd. The protesters argue that the new security bills flout Article 9 of the Japan’s constitution, which formally renounces the country’s engagement in armed conflicts.

Some protesters were calling for Abe’s resignation and emphasising that it is Japan’s youth who would be most affected by new wars.

Japan: Anti-war demonstrators decry Abe’s non-pacifist defence bill01:58
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Hundreds of people took part in a protest against Japan’s proposed new defence bills in Shinjuku, Tokyo, on Sunday.

A broad section of Japanese society has opposed the country’s decision to reform its pacifist constitutional stance. This demonstration, which was jointly organised by the Students Emergency Action for Liberal Democracy (SEALD) and the Association of Scholars, was made up of students, young people, academics, workers and pensioners.

Many people carried homemade banners and placards to express their opposition to the Abe government. Slogans such as “This country has sworn to never wage war again” were prominent in the crowd. The protesters argue that the new security bills flout Article 9 of the Japan’s constitution, which formally renounces the country’s engagement in armed conflicts.

Some protesters were calling for Abe’s resignation and emphasising that it is Japan’s youth who would be most affected by new wars.

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