Japan: 120,000 Protest Push to Rewrite Peace Constitution

HeadlineAug 31, 2015

In Japan, as many as 120,000 people took to the streets of Tokyo to protest new legislation to let Japanese troops fight abroad for the first time since World War II. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has backed the effort to rewrite Japan’s pacifist constitution. On Sunday, in one of the largest demonstrations in Japan since World War II, protesters, including Mami Aoji, called for peace and Abe’s resignation.

Mami Aoji: “If I were to describe Japan with one phrase, it would be 'a peaceful nation.' But right now, the unimaginable, the unrealistic is happening, where peace is being destroyed. That fear is being cast upon this nation right now.”

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