Thousands of anti-war activists gathered outside the Japanese parliament building on Aug. 30 in protest of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's aggressive plan to expand the country's armed forces.
According to Common Dreams, while a constitutional mandate for a “defense only” military base was put in place, more than 120,000 people showed their opposition to "a set of bills moving through the country’s legislature which would allow the country’s military to engage in overseas fighting and ratchet up spending on new weapons systems."
“Peace Not War” and “Abe, Quit!” were just a few of the protesters' signs held high during the week's long protest, which mobilize demonstrators from across the country.
"In one of the largest postwar demonstrations in Japan, tens of thousands of protesters swarmed in front of the Diet building in Tokyo on Aug. 30 to oppose the Abe administration’s contentious security legislation, according to a report published by Asahi Shimbum.
But while the Japanese gather to protest, Abe continues to defend his plan.
“Sitting in front of TV and just complaining wouldn’t do,” Naoko Hiramatsu, a 44-year-old associate professor in French and one of the Tokyo protesters, said in a recent Reuters story. “If I don’t take action and try to put a stop on this, I will not be able to explain myself to my child in the future.”