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Japan: Anti-Korean nationalist rally met by anti-racist counter-protesters in Tokyo02:15

Japan: Anti-Korean nationalist rally met by anti-racist counter-protesters in Tokyo

Japan, Tokyo
December 11, 2016 at 01:31 GMT +00:00 · Published

Hundreds of anti-Korean nationalists marched through central Tokyo, Sunday, to express their anti-Korean sentiment. They were seen carrying 'Rising Sun' flags used by the military forces of Imperial Japan and Japan's Self Defense Forces during WWII.

The nationalists were opposed by a group of counter-protesters carrying banners reading "Tokyo against racism" and "Stop the hate and go home, racists!" No clashes or arrests were reported during the march as a high police presence was deployed to the site.

Non-governmental nationalist organisations have grown more prominent since Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) rose to power, appealing to the more conservative wing of the prime minister's cabinet. The conservative supporters want to see the nation steer back towards a traditional ethos - mixing Shinto myth, patriotism and pride in an ancient imperial history. The movements support Abe's change in Japan's constitution, allowing it to engage in "collective self-defence" and military action to aid an ally, breaking the pacifist order of post-WWII Japan.

Japan: Anti-Korean nationalist rally met by anti-racist counter-protesters in Tokyo02:15
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Hundreds of anti-Korean nationalists marched through central Tokyo, Sunday, to express their anti-Korean sentiment. They were seen carrying 'Rising Sun' flags used by the military forces of Imperial Japan and Japan's Self Defense Forces during WWII.

The nationalists were opposed by a group of counter-protesters carrying banners reading "Tokyo against racism" and "Stop the hate and go home, racists!" No clashes or arrests were reported during the march as a high police presence was deployed to the site.

Non-governmental nationalist organisations have grown more prominent since Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) rose to power, appealing to the more conservative wing of the prime minister's cabinet. The conservative supporters want to see the nation steer back towards a traditional ethos - mixing Shinto myth, patriotism and pride in an ancient imperial history. The movements support Abe's change in Japan's constitution, allowing it to engage in "collective self-defence" and military action to aid an ally, breaking the pacifist order of post-WWII Japan.

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