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Protesters hold anti-war placards in front of the Diet building during a rally in Tokyo, on Thursday night. The protesters oppose a set of controversial bills intended to expand Japan's defense role.

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Keep it up people!! BUT you need to get the university students behind you!

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Protesters hold anti-war placards in front of the Diet building during a rally in Tokyo, on Thursday night. Whilst a Jedi and his lightsaber attempt to keep the crowd from rioting.

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Yubaru: Looks like the protest will continue, despite your comments saying otherwise.

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It would have more effect if they just mail their placards and banners to Abe directly.

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Yubaru: Looks like the protest will continue, despite your comments saying otherwise.

Look at the protests, BTW I never commented that they would stop, only that they were too little, too few, and too late. Which is a common occurrence here in Japan, something happens, THEN people react, not before hand.

They want to get Abe's attention, get a million people out there, THAT will get Abe's attention and the attention of the world as well.

As also noted, get the students out there, Japan has a rather rich history of student demonstrations and if THEY get involved things would get interesting right quick.

Folks have an easy life today here compared to back in the late 60's and early 70's, the parents of today haven't passed that activism on to their children.

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Abe and his war hawks have to go. He will lead a peaceful Japan into a war.

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Abe and his war hawks have to go. He will lead a peaceful Japan into a war.

You think so? Even if he does, just who is going to fight, or be willing to fight for him? I for one can not see Abe as being Commander in Chief.

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I think the protesters are wrong. But the Constitution guarantees freedom of expression. The police guard the protesters. Abe does not crack down on them. If they executed anti-government campaign on Tiananmen what would they be?

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Keep it up people!! BUT you need to get the university students behind you!

Please do not tempt Japan with any more radical irony. For we know, it's already indulged beyond its fair share within one generation.

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Sandhonor and Yubaru, students are leading it right now. Check out SEALDs. (Students Emergency Action for Liberal Democracy)

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Check out SEALDs. (Students Emergency Action for Liberal Democracy)

This is the most fashinoable revolution I have seen in a long time! They look adorable!

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This is the most fashionable revolution

for COMMUNIST PARTY.

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They need to set up Punch and Judy like puppet-shows everywhere with Abe in them (being punched), trying to explain to the people of the nation his logic behind doing what none of them want. They can even make it a show within a show and have the Abe puppet trying to do a puppet show to explain it all.

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YubaruJUL. 16, 2015 - 03:24PM JST So, like I said, now what is everyone going to do? Will the protests continue or will folks just pack up their stuff and give up?

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No Stuart, those students are getting a lot of guidance from the older radical generation and academics versed in social movements. Doesn't appear to be a fashion fad. They are quite serious, as they should be, seeing as it is they who will get drafted.

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I'm really confused by the protests - there's nothing in the bill that says Japan will wage war at the drop of a hat. There are three specific triggers and they are all to do with Japanese citizens and interests being in danger, or an ally. I'm starting to wonder if the crowds are only paying attention to comments from those outside of Japan who seem to have not read the bills.

I'm not in favour of Japan changing Article 9, but it's certainly not about sending Japanese troops overseas to fight in foreign wars, or to invade China. You notice that there have been few if any comments from South Korea about this?

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You notice that there have been few if any comments from South Korea about this?

There have been lots of objections from SK about this. Try visit Korean papers or Japanese.

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Kurumazaka: Sorry, I was just posting Yubaru's previous comment, that was not my opinion!

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Joinup with the young ones in Hongkong and maybe get a response!

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Message for Abe:

Stop trying to suck up to the U.S.A.

Do your job and REPRESENT your people, not DICTATE to them.

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I bet $1 Dollar or 123.9754 Yen, Abe will granted their wishes and the Japanese people will loose.

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No prob, Stuart, sorry about misunderstanding! Watching Ustream live. Police setting barriers to deliberately limit crowd size and hinder movement. Polite but very intentionally "getting in the way." Hanzomon line slowed to a crawl as well (supposedly an accident in Setagaya, but timing is awful convenient...) Crowd is big, definitely bigger than last Friday when I was there. Suga is eating his words, nobody forgot anything, Crowd seems angrier as well. Protesters (especially the older folks) realize cops are trying to "gently" direct them away from the main protest

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So, like I said, now what is everyone going to do? Will the protests continue or will folks just pack up their stuff and give up?

Like I said, and I guess reading comprehension is not a strong point for you, that I never wrote they would quit, you assumed otherwise.

Reread, and learn young one.

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Kurumazaka: No need to apologize, I should have clarified before pressing submit. Thanks for the undated information!!!

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