“Don’t Follow the Wind”: art installations inside Fukushima radioactive zone.
In the future ‘democratic’ wars of the United States, there will be a new active ally – Japan. This world experiment in pacifism has not yet ended in failure, but it is up to the world to realise the significance and the possibilities it represents.
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.