Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Listen to Chinese workers! – Simultaneous action around the world against Uniqlo

Until several years ago, I never wore any clothes of Uniqlo, a major apparel chain in Japan, as I heard of its dismal working conditions behind its low price products. However, I have put on them recently without confirming that the problem has been solved. Their low price and quality were attractive, but I was wrong. It is said that seventy percent of Uniqlo products are produced at factories in China. It was reported that Uniqlo workers are exploited at one of them in Shenzhen. I decided to join a demonstration against the apparel chain at a Uniqlo store in the Ginza district, central Tokyo on July 15, 2015. There are many mannequins in the store window. The demonstrators including me protested with placards and delivered leaflets written in Japanese and Chinese to passersby. (KASAHARA Mayumi)



Angry from the bottom of the hearts: 50,000 demonstrators demand PM Abe resign

On July 15, 2015, various people rushed to the Parliament House after they heard the “War Bill” forced through the lower house committee. At an evening rally, OKADA Katsuya, the leader of the Democratic Party of Japan, the biggest opposition party, said, “Thanks to your struggle, Prime Minister Abe is being pushed to the wall. Let’s continue the struggle until the end of the Diet session and have the unconstitutional bill repealed”. Abe’s runaway has prompted unity of opposition parties, making them a “democratic force against the Abe dictatorship”. Everybody chanted from the bottom of their hearts, “Down with Abe! Immediately!” The rally was taken over by a student group called “SEALDs”. The demonstrators finally filled the sidewalk and spilled out onto the road (photo). The number of the demonstrators reached 50,000. (M)


715日夜、「戦争法案」衆院委員会採決を聞いた「若者・女性・年配者」らあらゆる層の人々が国会前に駆けつけた。午後6時半からの「総がかり行動」の集会では、初めて民主党の岡田党首が挨拶した。「みなさんの闘いが安倍を追いつめている。あと2ヶ月しっかり闘って憲法違反の法律を撤回させよう」と。安倍暴走が野党の結束を促し「安倍独裁VSオール民主主義」の構図になってきた。大コールが続いた。「安倍はやめろ!今すぐ退陣!」一人ひとりがハラの底から叫んだ。午後7時半からは、学生グループ「SEALDs」が集会を引き継いだ。押しよせる人の波で、8時すぎには正門前の歩道は決壊し、車道にまで人々が あふれ出た(写真)。老若男女・学生・ママさん、それぞれのグループが拡声器に合わせて声を上げた。15日夜の国会前には、主催者発表で5万人が結集した。(M

Down with railroading of the “War Bill”: People protest in front of the Parliament House

In the afternoon of July 15, 2015, the unconstitutional “War Bill” was forcefully passed at the special committee of the House of Representatives. The forcible passage angered many demonstrators in front of the Parliament House. They never stopped chanting, “Down with the War Bill!” and “Down with Abe!” A university student who joined the protest for the first time angrily said, “Why doesn’t the government listen to the people?” NHK, Japan’s public broadcaster, failed to report the discussions at the committee, so it was deluged with protest calls. The broadcasting station mentioned the reason of not having reported the discussions as a “comprehensive judgment”, but it was definitely complicit in the passage of the “War Bill”. The people’s protest never stopped. (M)