Young Japanese stage nationwide protests against security bills being debated in Upper House

from Japan Times

Thousands of young people rallied Sunday throughout Japan, protesting the security bills that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to pass during the current Diet session.

Demonstrations and gatherings took place at more than 60 locations around Japan — in Hokkaido, Aichi, Osaka, Fukuoka and other prefectures — in response to a call by a group called Students Emergency Action for Liberal Democracy, or SEALDs.

The bills are now under deliberation at the Upper House, after being railroaded through the Lower House by the ruling coalition, sparking public opposition. The bills would significantly expand the scope of Self-Defense Forces missions overseas.

In Tokyo, about 6,500 protesters gathered to march toward the popular Shibuya shopping and entertainment district, chanting slogans such as “No War” and “No Change in the Law.”

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