91-yr-old ex-PM protests against Japan’s war bills

Former Japanese Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama on Thursday addressed several hundreds of protesters on the street near the Tokyo’s Diet building opposing a series of controversial security bills pushed forward by the government.

The 91-year-old ex-PM said the Japanese war-renouncing Constitution has protected Japan from any armed conflicts in the past 70 years since the end of the World War II, adding the new security bills will damage the country’s pacifism.

The bills were rammed through the Diet’s all-powerful lower house last week. If they are enacted, the bills will allow Japan’s Self-Defense Forces to engage in armed conflicts overseas and help defend others even if Japan is not under attack, but Japan’s Constitution bans its military forces to do so.

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