Thousands of protestors rallied Friday night in downtown Tokyo in a campaign of “Say no to the Abe government,” targeting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s “runaway” policy.
The protestors gathered at the Hibiya Park, Diet building and the prime minister’s official residence, shouting “Abe step down,” “definitely oppose war” and “protect constitution.”
On Friday, the Japanese bicameral Diet decided to set up a special panel at the upper house to debate the controversial security bills. The legislation package was rammed through the lower house last week.
The bills, if enacted, will allow Japan’s Self-Defense Forces to exercise the right to collective self-defense, but Japan’s war-renouncing constitution bans the SDF from doing so.