Saturday, November 19, 2016

We shall not repeat our war-time mistake~Protest against cabinet decision on Japan’s new peace-keeping operation

 Hundreds of people gathered early Nov. 15 in front of Japanese Prime Minister’s Residence in protest against the cabinet decision on the nation’s new peace-keeping operation. With the government trying to change the pacifist constitution that people protected for more than 70 years. This shall not, and cannot, be the turning point in Japan’s history. A constitution scholar who joined the protest said, “This is nothing more than violation of constitution,” while a journalist accused the government of its willingness to sacrifice Japan’s Self-Defense Forces by saying, “what they need in South Sudan is to keep peace.” “Are we about to make the same mistake we made 70 years ago? We have not compromised so much as you can take Japan to war,” a religious leader said. “Those of us who lost family members during the war have not been healed even after 70 some years. We cannot send our youths to war ever again,” said a surviving family member of war-time veterans. (excerpts from Facebook page of No WarProtect Article 9 committee)


Do not sell nukes to India~Friday action against restart of nuclear plants

 Braving the cold rain of November, a larger-than-usual crowd of people staged a protest at the Diet. Many non-Japanese protesters were also speaking up against the nuclear sales. Even though Donald Trump, who opposes TPP, was elected president of the United States the previous day, Prime Minister Abe forced passed Japan’s participation in TPP by saying that it has already been decided. Abe and visiting Indian Prime Minister Modi signed a nuclear agreement on Nov. 11, which enables Japan’s nuclear export to India. Abe is trying to completely turn Japan into one with an authoritarian regime. To protest against the Abe-led government, members of opposition parties--Social Democrats, Liberal Party, Minshin and Communists--joined the crowd and declared their solidarity in the next lower-house election. (By KINOSHITA Masaaki) PhotoMisao-Redwolf chants anti-nuclear slogans. Youtube

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