LDP may lose next election if nuclear exit becomes main issue: Koizumi - Former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said the pro-nuclear ruling party of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe could lose the next lower house election if whether to give up nuclear power becomes the main election issue. “(Anti-nuclear) opinions are beginning to grow…that could influence the (next) House of Representatives election.”
Diet surrounded in human-chain protest, Anti-war rally takes Abe to task on Constitution: Outside the Diet building Tuesday, activists form a human chain in solidarity against Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's shortcut plan to reinterpret the Constitution to allow Japan to legally exercise the right to collective self-defense. Combating what they call an effort to turn Japan into “a pro-war country,” 2,500 people formed a human chain around the Diet building.
People hold placards denouncing Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's security-related legislation during an anti-government rally in Tokyo July 24, 2015. Abe, pushed through parliament's lower house legislation that could see troops sent to fight abroad for the first time since World War Two, despite protests and a risk of further damage to his sagging ratings. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
Could Japan Become America’s New Proxy Army? | "Japan has been shaken by the largest anti-war demos since the late 60s, when millions of students, workers & ordinary citizens turned out to try to block their govt’s collaboration w/the US war in Vietnam. The issue this time is the plan by PM Shinzo Abe to alter a key provision of Japan’s peace constitution to allow Japan’s “Self Defense Forces” to take part in overseas military ops f/the 1st time since WWII." Read/share full article. 7/27
An anti-article 9 revision protester holds a sign outside Japan's Prime Minster Shinzo Abe’s official residence in Tokyo, May 15, 2014. Abe today called for a review of legal limits on the military’s ability to fight overseas, signalling a potential landmark change in a security policy long constrained by the pacifist, post-war constitution. — Reuters pic
2014 Dec . Japan’s economy suffers a heavier contraction than initially reported for the July-to-September period, revised data show, serving as a bitter reminder to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that the nation’s economy remains in the woods two years after he came into office.