Unusually Massive Protests Erupt in Japan Against Forthcoming "War Legislation"

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Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

In case you aren’t up to speed on your Japanese history, the nation’s post WWII Constitution prohibits military action unless it’s in self-defense. Clearly a sensible approach, which is why the current Japanese government, led by the demonstrably insane and incompetent Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, wants to get rid of it.

This story is very important. Not only will this action increase the likelihood of World War III in the Far East, but it’s another important example of a government acting against the will of the people.

Polling has indicated the Japanese public is against a pivot toward militarization and war, but Prime Minister Shinzo Abe  is pushing forward nonetheless. In fact, the current legislation to allow overseas military intervention has already passed the lower house of government. This prompted many Japanese to emerge from their decades long political apathy and get out into the streets. It’s estimated these protests were the largest in recent memory.

 

The AP reports:

TOKYO (AP) — Mothers holding their children’s hands stood in the sprinkling rain, some carrying anti-war placards, while students chanted slogans to the beat of a drum against Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his defense policies.

 

Japan is seeing new faces join the ranks of protesters typically made up of labor union members and graying leftist activists. Tens of thousands filled the streets outside Tokyo’s parliament on Sunday to rally against security legislation expected to pass in September.

 

“No to war legislation!” “Scrap the bills now!” and “Abe, quit!” they chanted in one of the biggest protests in recent memory. The bills would expand Japan’s military role under a reinterpretation of the country’s war-renouncing constitution.

 

In Japan, where people generally don’t express political views in public, such rallies have largely diminished since often-violent student protests in the 1960s.

 

The demonstrations started earlier this year and grew sharply after July, when Abe’s ruling coalition pushed the legislation through the more powerful lower house despite polls showing a majority of Japanese were opposed.

Just like in Greece, the Japanese public is rapidly being forced to come to grips with the fact that their opinions don’t matter and they are politically irrelevant. Of course, this is also the case in these United States. Recall: New Report from Princeton and Northwestern Proves It: The U.S. is an Oligarchy

A group called Mothers Against War started in July and gained supporters rapidly via Facebook. It collected nearly 20,000 signatures of people opposed to the legislation which representatives tried unsuccessfully to submit to Abe’s office last Thursday.

 

The security bills would permit the military to engage in combat for the first time since World War II in cases of “collective defense,” when Japan’s allies such as the U.S. are attacked, but Japan itself is not.

 

Abe’s government argues that the changes are needed for Japan to respond to a harsher security environment, including a more assertive China and growing terrorist threats, and to fulfill expectations that it will contribute more to global peacekeeping.

…and to distract a disillusioned population from the disastrous economic policies of its government. Recall from earlier this year:

Japan’s Economic Disaster – Real Wages Lowest Since 1990, Record Numbers Describe “Hard” Living Conditions

and…

The Stock Market Myth and How the Japanese Middle Class is on the Precipice Thanks to Abenomics

The topic has become almost a regular item in women’s magazines, traditionally known more for covering entertainment, beauty, health, food and the Imperial family.

 

Takashi Watanabe, a deputy editor-in-chief of Shukan Josei (Ladies Weekly), said there has been a growing appetite for social issues among readers, especially since Fukushima.

This is a great sign for Japan. However, when will Americans emerge from their political slumber? Will it take several decades of economic decay such as in Japan?

About half a century ago, 300,000 students, many of them Marxist ideologues, staged violent protests, repeatedly clashing with police, over revising the U.S.-Japan security treaty. Those protests played a role in driving Abe’s grandfather, then-Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi, out of office after his government approved the revision.

Apparently, they love failed political dynasties in Japan as well.

“I’m afraid the legislation is really going to reverse the direction of this country, where pacifism was our pride,” said a 44-year-old architect who joined Sunday’s rally with her 5-year-old son. “I feel our voices are neglected by the Abe government.”

You’re not the only one…

Of course, when it comes to Japan this has been a long time coming. Recall the following published in 2013:

War on Democracy: Spain and Japan Move to Criminalize Protests

How Japan’s “Stealth Constitution” Destroys Civil Rights and Sets the Stage for Dictatorship

Democracy is dead. Globally. If we fail to bring it back, history will see us as one of the most inept and spineless generations in history.

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reader2010's picture

No Comfort (Korean/Chinese/European) Women this time around? Hell, no. I would oppose the war bill too.

TeamDepends's picture

Honest Abe would do well to stay out of theatres.

MalteseFalcon's picture

"This is a great sign for Japan. However, when will Americans emerge from their political slumber? Will it take several decades of economic decay such as in Japan?"

Protests against the Iraq war were larger than for Viet Nam.  However TPTB learned their lessons well from Viet Nam and squelched the movement right in the street.

Occupy Wall Street was squelched as well.  Anyone remember the sniper threats?

Divine Wind's picture

 

 

 

How do you say "nailgun" in Japanese?

 

macholatte's picture

 

 

I smell Soros.

 

A lot of the evil in the world is actually not intentional. A lot of people in the financial system did a lot of damage without intending to.

George Soros

 

 

My foundations support people in the country who care about an open society. It's their work that I'm supporting. So it's not me doing it. But I can empower them. I can support them, and I can help them.

George Soros

 

Victor E. Overbanks's picture

I need a shower after clicking that.

Four chan's picture

All those protesters and nobody smashed anything, nobody got robbed, and they didn't set fire to tokyo. Africans must just have a different content of character.

StychoKiller's picture

Hmm, and no home projects involving nailguns!

junction's picture

Congratulations, Abe, your job as managing director at Goldman Sachs for Southeast Asia has been confirmed when you leave office.  (Heh, heh, little does that chump know that we have a fatal heart attack lined up for him, not a cushy job).

doctor10's picture

The age of 'pop-up" government is about time.

A community coalition to resolve a community problem-that then folds up and goes away when solved.

Standing desks and armies of bureaucrats simply have too much time on their hands and too much power. They get all of us and the rest of the world in trouble for stupid reasons

Freddie's picture

Poor bastards in Japan.  They live in a demographically dead and radioactive country.  Sad.

Never One Roach's picture

Agree. Glad I was there several times pre-Fuki. It's amazing how corrupt politicians and CEOs can ruin a really good nation. But they are not alone.

Mostly Harmless's picture

"Democracy is dead. Globally. If we fail to bring it back, history will see us as one of the most inept and spineless generations in history."

You cannot bring back what never existed.

Mostly Harmless's picture

Of course when this is the Japanese Navy's recruitment video, you shouldn't be too surprised. 

r00t61's picture

Democracy is a barbarous relic.

A Nanny Moose's picture

Indeed. It fails every time. Repewblik is a relic as well. Government is anachronistic.

nmewn's picture

Its sorta like this for unthinking idiots who bleat "democracy" every chance they get.

Everything good, is democracy. Everything bad is not democracy. Its much simpler that way. It doesn't matter that its demonstrably wrong when people band together and declare some right to anothers property because 51% want it that way or the 49%'s life if it comes right down to it.

Its Democroceee! Majority rulzzzz! Its the law! Weee, we're Farrrreee! 

Idiots.

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And before I leave this dumbass thread I'd just like to point out the "democracy chick" holding up the placard for her Japanese people to read, written in English.

Mostly Harmless's picture

Agree 100%.  I was merely suggesting that a pure "Democracy" has never existed, nor could it ever possibly exist.  Even the Democracy of classical Greece wasn't a pure 100% everybody votes on everything Democracy.

Words have meaning, but unless the definition of terms is identical in the minds of all involved, no one can know for certain what idea is being expressed.

 

Never One Roach's picture

Looks like the Japanese are fed up with being punked over raw and hard. Their standard of living has gone downhil with these wacko economic policies and Fuki was almost the tipping point but now the war stuff seems to have broken the camels back, so to speak.

 

I sure hope they can pull out of it since it's a beautiful country with safe streets, good food and nice people....jmho

Element's picture

I'm pretty sure a mature functional democracy would be where you make your own choices and accept the outcomes, some of which will be bloody great, and some will be bloody horrible.

Most of the displeasure with democracy is that immature people refuse to face that decisions always lead to outcomes between those two ends of the spectrum of possibilities, and who instead expect the democratic choices should for some reason never lead to crappy outcomes.

But that's not a problem of democracy per-sec, that's a problem of not being able to face how things really operate.

If the Chinese took out a JAL airliner over China's new ADIZ, would they still think having a capable defense to deter such behavior was a bad idea? Yeah, a few would, but most would finally figure out that they need to deter China or be bullied by them. There is no doubt in my mind that the Chinese wish to not just displace the Japanese economy, they want to totally crush it, and the perceived power projection threat Japan represents, via having that sort of economic scale.

daveO's picture

Democracy is dead.?  

This is occupied Japan. They are amending the Constitution that the US wrote for them. The US didn't want war back then. 

Tallest Skil's picture

Democracy being dead is quite a good thing. It cannot work on a scale larger than a few thousand.

A Nanny Moose's picture

Want a voice? Vote with your dollars.

Want Slavery? Visit the Prayer Booth first Tuesday every November.

chinoslims's picture

"the nation’s post WWII Constitution prohibits military action unless it’s in self-defense" .... i wonder how differeng the world woukd be if the US wrote that into their Constitution.

Supernova Born's picture

America's wars of late and a huge chunk of its spending would be classified at best as "defense of others".

Stormtrooper's picture

They did. Legally sending American troops to war requires a declaration of war by Congress which hasn't happened since WWII. Just another reason for the state legislatures to call an Article V convention to drastically reign in, or eliminate the federal government, thru Constitutional amendments with no involvement by the federal government.

rejected's picture

Since they do not follow the present constitution, what makes you think they will follow an amended or completely new constitution?

kralizec's picture

But the effort would reap benefits by exposing the true aims of the statists.  That alone would be worth seeing.  Plus, it is the right thing to do.

giovanni_f's picture

American values and superiority do not stop in Waco or West Philly or with Disneyland or Kim Kardashian's ass pictures. The whole world must be democratically endowed and culturally enriched by those selfless White AngloSaxon Protestants.

In Ukraine and Libya it is mission accomlished: They look like Ferguson already. Europe to follow soon.

silvermail's picture

The United States made democracy like a cheap whore.

Fahque Imuhnutjahb's picture

https://youtu.be/M4FuqVbwifk?t=2m6s

 

 

"and it came to pass that the Dragon fought with the Sun.  Their conflagration lit the heavens, drawing the attention of the Eagle and the Bear

 

and they too strove with one another, and lo and behold the awe of the shit show as the viscera covered the earth causing the war pigs much mirth."

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

the ruling elite class, laughs at your public demonstrations..they have no impact on policy.

Jtrillian's picture

The people have always had the power if they stand united and make their collective voices heard as one.

buzzsaw99's picture

japan is made up of old people and wimps. i doubt they could field much of a military.

daveO's picture

No worries. The US MIC will supply them with all the weaponry and send 'advisers' to help.

willwork4food's picture

japan is made up of old people and wimps. i doubt they could field much of a military.

So, in just one city called Tokyo then have over 13 million people that are all wimps and old people? Go back to school and clean the dishes your mom told you to clean dickhead.

booboo's picture

Bah, just promise a Anime blow up fuck doll in every ruksack and they will fight till the last breath.

see, they love america

https://search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?p=youtube+gooks+of+hazzard&ei=UTF-8&...

TSA Thug's picture

Democracy is bullshit, as are Constitutional Republics. Fuck 'em.
These god damn people need a strong hand to guide them.

TSA is trained in strong hand guidance!

silvermail's picture

The United States made democracy like a cheap whore.

The will of the people has a value only when it coincides with the interests of the one-party power regime in the United States.

I mean the real power in the United States.
I mean regime of military-police dictatorship, the main government party of big capital. All the rest - it's just a show for morons.

q99x2's picture

The most dangerous and irresponsible human is Lloyd Blankfein. Arrest him for treason and the world stands a chance of surviving into the future. ABE is NWO which is run by the central banks, which are run by Goldman Sachs and the old banking families.

Rock On Roger's picture

I think ya gotta dig a little deeper than that q99.

 

Like maybe get the one behind the curtain. Lloyd is way out in front.

Global Douche's picture

That's just fine and dandy what is being advocated. The Japanese were ruthless regarding WWII. My grandparents never forgot Pearl Harbor. I lived with them and learned their feelings and won't forget it either.

The difference now? Wider, more apathetic demographic - combined with the simple fact that minus another World War, that we simply can't afford the Status Quo anyhow!

daveO's picture

Ever hear of the Bataan Death March?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bataan_Death_March

This, and the use of captured soldiers as slave laborers in mines and railroads, helped guarantee they got first dibs on being nuked.

Advoc8tr's picture

When convinced by their Emporers to be ruthless they were good at it, when convinced by their new leaders (and a nuke or two) to be pacifist and productive they were good at it. I wouldn't confuse their cultural group-think, unity and (mindless) respect for their leaders with their ability, inginuity and resolve.

 

... and for any Australian 'politicians' reading, word has it the only reason they didn't follow through the Darwin bombing with a ground invasion was widespred ownership of firearms by the citizens ... now all they have to worry about is a little rock throwing and our 3 soldiers - who are permanently touring Iraq et al.

thx111's picture

Abe= US neo con backed puppet.

 

Bopper09's picture

history will see us as one of the most inept and spineless generations in history.

Too late.  1. Bottled water. 2. Spanking children. 3. Bike helments 4. Pink 5. Twitter 6. Assfacebook 7. 'smart' phones 8..........

beavertails's picture

Where's John Lennon when you need him?  We get Clowns now: Clooney and Cyrus