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Protests in Japan on first anniversary of controversial security law

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일본 안보법 1년, ‘전쟁법’ 폐지운동 계속된다

Protestors took to the streets of Tokyo on Wednesday, which marked one year since a controversial law took effect to allow the Japanese military to participate in foreign conflicts.
It was the first such legislation to override Japan’s post-war pacifist constitution.
Despite the depth of domestic opposition, the Japanese government seems determined to pursue its military goals.
Cho Sung min has the full story.

Shortly after Japan’s new security legislation was passed a year ago, civic groups began to rally against the decision and are taking legal action against the state. The rallies started in April of last year, with about 5-hundred people from Tokyo and Fukushima Prefecture questioning if the security laws can violate the pacifist constitution.

It’s almost a year later, and now there are 5-thousand-and 5-hundred people from all over the nation, supporting the legal action. According to local publication Asahi Shinbun, the number of people objecting to the government exercising its right to collective defense is increasing in the Gunma and Miyagi Prefecture. They have called the new laws “war legislation”, highlighting concerns the nation could either enter, or be dragged into military conflicts.

Despite the growing number of protestors in the nation, the government has already taken further steps. PM Shinzo Abe has agreed to dispatch a self-defense force to an upcoming US drill…which would be the first ever collaborative exercise between the SDF and US Navy in the pacific.

Once the exercise takes place, the SDF’s cooperation with the U.S. armed forces will become more active than ever…moreover, the expansion of SDF’s oversea activities will escalate tensions in Southeast Asia over territorial disputes. Cho sung min, Arirang News.

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    Thas Tayapongsak
    April 5, 2017 at 11:22 pm

    these protesters has no idea of how much threat China and Nkorea is giving to Japan right now.

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