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The revolution will not be televised, they say, but this one was — and publicised, a lot. And yet, for all the hundreds of thousands who gathered at the Diet and all around Japan over the summer, for all the placards in the streets and the cow-walking in the parliament in September — the security bills still passed.
The massive demonstration held in front of the Diet on Aug. 30 is a sign of the times, drawing tens of thousands of Japanese from all generations and spanning the often-divided liberal spectrum. Demonstrators loudly denounced Abe as a threat to peace and the Constitution, while some signs depicted him as a warmongering fascist tyrant and puppet of Uncle Sam.
Regardless if the government succeeds or not with the proposed re-interpretation of Article 9, deemed unconstitutional by scholars, the Japanese people have already changed in a way that does not suit the government’s agenda.
Keito Hirabayashi | Every attempt to weaken the Peace Constitution has met with popular protest in Japan. Indeed the ratification of the treaty with America brought vast numbers of people onto the streets, exactly 55 years ago.