Tuesday, July 29, 2014

No to path to war! – 3,000 join anti-war rally

The Abe Administration, which approved the right to collective self-defense for the first time after the end of World War II despite Article 9 of Japan’s Peace Constitution, briefed the cabinet approval at the budget committees of both of the Lower and Upper Houses on July 14 and 15, 2014. Prior to that, approximately 3,000 people protested the approval on July 13. Their strong anger was expressed in various placards, saying, “Why are you going to sacrifice youths again?!” “We never send any child to war!” and “The New Komeito is War Party in reality!” The police tried to suppress the movement, but the people’s anger to demand the repeal of the cabinet approval was even stronger so as to fill the road. The protest against the approval continued until July 15. On September 4, another large-scale action will be held against war as well as the cabinet approval in central Tokyo. (M)

 Video (Action in front of the Diet, 6 minutes) 



No US base at Atagoyama! – 500 join protest action in Iwakuni

On July 12, 2014, approximately 500 people joined a rally against the new United States Military base in Iwakuni City, Yamaguchi Prefecture. The construction of houses and gyms for US Military personnel started at the Atagoyama area in the city according to the transfer of 59 aircraft carrier-based planes to the Iwakuni Base. Citizens in the city have protested the move with regular rallies and demonstrations. This urgent meeting was called to protest the 15 KC130 refueling planes, which were to be transferred from the Marine Corps Air Station Futemma in Okinawa on July 15. The protest is the people’s determination against the Iwakuni Base to become the biggest military base in Northeast Asia. The following appeal was adopted: “Do our best for a safe future of Iwakuni and a peaceful Japan, and against any additional military base anywhere”. After the rally, the participants marched in Atagoyama, expressing their anger. (Yamaguchi, Asian-Wide Campaign Kyushu)


7月12日、山口県岩国市で「愛宕山に新たな米軍基地はいらない7・12市民大集会」が開催され、約500人が参加しました。米空母艦載機59機の岩国基地への移駐に伴い、愛宕山には米軍住宅や米軍の運動施設の建設工事が開始しました。それに対し岩国市民は、工事中止を求め愛宕山で定期的に集会とデモに取り組んでいます。15日にKC130空中給油機15機が普天間より移駐される問題もあり、岩国基地が極東最大の基地に転換することを許さないとの意思を改めて示そうと、緊急集会が呼びかけられたのです。集会アピールでも「安全で安心な岩国の未来のため、ひいては平和な日本を実現するため、どこにも新たな米軍基地を作らせないために全力を尽くそう」と採択。最後に「怒」のパフォーマンスをし(写真)、愛宕山をデモ行進しました。(アジア共同行動 九州・山口)

Japanese-style fascism: Where will the Self Defense Forces personnel be sent according to the right to collective self-defense?

Japan’s Abe Administration forcibly approved the right to collective self-defense in a cabinet meeting. The right has never been an issue in any national elections before, but it was approved only by a handful of cabinet members in defiance of democracy. I am very afraid that this is very similar to the start of fascism in Germany under Adolf Hitler with the Enabling Act. In other words, this will possibly become the beginning of Japanese-style fascism. Therefore, great many people gathered in front of the Prime Minister’s Office and a man set himself afire in the Shinjuku district in protest against the approval of the right to collective self-defense. Many international media outlets extensively reported these actions. However, if only a few cabinet members can distort the constitution, it is possible for us to kick the current major party, the Liberal Democratic Party, out of power in the next election so as to “restore” the peace constitution. (“Dodogamine”, TERASHIMA Takayoshi)

* Photo: Action in front of the Prime Minister’s Office in protest against the approval of the right to collective self-defense