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Sunday, September 4, 2016
No to Yasukuni, No to War Anti-Yasukuni Action on August 15th
On August 15th, the day Imperial
Japan surrendered to the allied powers in 1945, riot police in full gear were
deployed in every corner in downtown Tokyo. There was a small scale rally and
march against Yasukuni, the shrine that commemorates those who died in service
of the emperor of Japan including a number of Class A war criminals from WWII.
The number of riot police was nearly ten times that of the protesters. Protest
action against Yasukuni Shrine and the Emperor system cannot be held without
the protection of the police force due to the fierce obstruction from rightist
groups. This is the reality of Japan. The number of participants was 280,
outnumbering last year’s figure. There
were some students in the rally and we could feel that not a small number of
people were opposing the road to war. At the street corner near the Shrine, rightists threw pet-bottles were thrown at the
demonstrators. (M) Youtube