Sunday, May 22, 2016

Press conference held against the summit on “War and Heavy tax”

On May 12, 2016, grassroots organizations that oppose the G7 Ise-Shima Summit held an “open-air press conference” in front of the Bank of Japan headquarters. Its neo-baroque building is solemn. The press conference began at a dark walkway. About a dozen journalists joined it, mostly freelancers. More than 30 security police officers were watching the press conference, making the atmosphere abnormally tense. OGURA Toshimaru, one of its organizers, said, “Why do leaders of nations advocating democracy decide on the world without listening to the people or the congresses? In particular, this summit possibly becomes the first step for Japan to be committed to war on terror in view of the enactment of the War Law here. In addition, as the Panama Papers show, people suffer from heavy tax while the rich are evading tax. This press conference is to express our anger”. Others criticized “excessive security and human rights violation” that are carried out in the name of security in the summit. (M)

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