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Sunday, August 25, 2013
Yasukuni Candle Action: No National Defence Force!
The 8th Yasukuni Candle Action was held on
August 10 at YMCA Hall in Tokyo. The theme of this year was "Do we allow proposed
National Defence Force (kokubo-gun) to produce more war-dead-turned-gods
?"The participants were alarmed
with the situation since the return of ABE Shinzo to the PM post in December
last year. In the symposium, philosopher TAKAHASHI Tetsuya, sociologist UTSUMI
Aiko, Korean university professor KIM Dong-chun and journalist SHIBA Rei
discussed on war from various perspectives. Utsumi spoke of strong
discrimination that faced those war time Japanese soldiers who were taken
captive. "Prisoners of war suffered from discrimination for years. They
received less pensions, " she said. Takahashi commented on a controversial
remark that ISHIBA Shigeru, Secretary General of the ruling Liberal Democratic
Party, made during the upper house election campaign in July. "Ishiba said
the soldiers of National Defence Force would be subject to capital punishment
in case of disobedience to their superiors. This clearly shows the LDP's
militarism." After the symposium was concluded with a call for actions to question
Yasukuni and build peace, participants marched in town, chanting "No
National Defence Force!" Right-wingers' obstruction accompanied the march.
The number of participants in the symposium and the march totaled 500. (By M) PhotosYouTube Video (6 min., no subtitles)