Something that rarely happens happened on Aug. 30 in Japan--tens of thousands (organizers say 120,000; police say 30,000) brought their voices to the streets around the Diet, Prime Minister's residence and the Kasumigaseki ministry district to show their strong opposition against the security bill.
Prime Minister Abe and his party say it will protect Japan and its people.
Ironically, the protesters felt otherwise. The bill, they fear, would enable Japan to join the military offensive along side with the U.S.
"Save Japan from Abe" was one of the chants heard from the crowd, and the demand that Abe step down was another.
The rally was reportedly the largest since 1960, when nearly 200,000 students and activists--just like today--rushed to the Diet to protest against the US-Japan security treaty under then-prime minister Nobusuke Kishi, who turns out to be the grandfather of the current prime minister. Kishi was overthrown, and now...? (MATSUMOTO Chie)