Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s regime plans to unconstitutionally adopt the “right to collective self-defense” at a Cabinet meeting on July 1st. After Japan lost the war in 1945, Japan adopted the Peace Constitution, and it clearly stated that Japan’s self-defense force will never uses its force to invade or solve conflicts in foreign places. Self-defense force is and was strictly for the self-defense. But without going through the legal process, PM Abe is going to turn it around so Japan can exercise its force much more freely. There have been many protests against PM Abe’s regime.
On June 29th, around 2 p.m. near the South exit of Shinjuku station, a man in a black suit put himself on fire on the reinforced arch after protesting against the right to collective self-defense for about an hour.
Around 3 p.m., also in Shinjuku, protesters marched, blasted the music and held colorful signs. Towards the end it rained heavily but they kept playing music, dancing and marching. They protested against varieties of PM Abe’s policies such as the right to collective self-defense, lifting a ban on the export of weapons, a consumption tax rise, reopening of nuclear power plants while Fukushima nuclear disaster is still on-going, the state secrecy law, no overtime pay, TPP, American military bases in Okinawa and Tokyo Olympic and such.
On June 30th, the day before the ruling parties’ Cabinet meeting to adopt the right to collective self-defense, protesters plan to have a massive protest in front of the Prime Minister’s office from 6:30 p.m.