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Demonstrators shout slogans at a rally to support Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's security bills, in central Tokyo on Saturday. About 500 people took part in the demonstration, according to the organizer. Placards read "Yes to security bills."

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How much were they paid?

11 ( +13 / -2 )

Funny how this is big news but the hungry strick has yet to hit the big media.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

Seems most of those in the photo wouldn't be the ones called up to fight.

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They are essentially saying 'Yes to lawless government, Yes to unconstitutionality, Yes to ignoring Japanese public opinion'

14 ( +15 / -1 )

Notice how the crowd looks more massive than it really is. This is easy to do with a telephoto lens. The photographer standing either on a stepladder or on some elevated place and likely using a telephoto zoom stopped down to about f11 or so.

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Only in Japan do protesters or supports of any politician or idea show up to a rally with IDENTICAL signs.

I wonder if any of them even know what's going on.

11 ( +13 / -2 )

gaijinfo. Yes, the signs tell the true story. Staged! Signs provided by the LDP.

8 ( +8 / -0 )

I have friends who work for the Japan Science and Technology office here in Miyazaki and they were told there would be meetings in Tokyo yesterday and the whole office had to go. The gov't paid their round trip fare and the meeting was ... wait for it ... this very protest.

14 ( +15 / -1 )

Rent a crowd or Abe,s brownshirts, which ones are they?

10 ( +11 / -1 )

They look like a lovely bunch don't they??

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Yes they do look lovely. They are posing. Is this a rally or a photo shoot?

5 ( +5 / -0 )

I guess these people left their Black Vans at home today, eh?

5 ( +7 / -2 )

About 500 people took part in the demonstration, according to the organizer. Placards read “Yes to security bills.”

Knowing Japan, I bet NHK made that 500 look like 50,000.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

Pathetic

2 ( +3 / -1 )

kyushubill, source please because anybody can make staff up here see; i know friend in japan who support the bills

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About 500 people took part in the demonstration, according to the organizer

Gotta love the "about." No police estimates of the "throng?"

4 ( +4 / -0 )

It's about time.

They are essentially saying 'Yes to lawless government, Yes to unconstitutionality, Yes to ignoring Japanese public opinion'

They're saying "No" to a weaker and weaker Japan. It's time for japanese gov. to quit the checkbook policy and actually contribute (actively) the security alliance.

What about the 2 beheaded journalists last feb? Look at how weak japan was in those negotiations. Look at how weak Tokyo is as pm's visit the kurils and china drills in the east china sea. Japan (once proud, samurai warriors) has become a nation of weaklings.

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They are essentially saying 'Yes to lawless government, Yes to unconstitutionality

Why not - America did.

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" kyushubill source please "

What, do you want his friends names on the internet so the right wing loones can harass them or something? What are you,ten?

3 ( +3 / -0 )

More rallies in support of PM Abe should be held throughout Japan to make Japan a strong nation , to delete obnoxious provisions from constitutions hindering progress and to introduce vibrant reforms to strengthen the economy at this juncture .

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I like the ones hiding in rain coats and masks. You notice how none of these old-codgers would be asked to go fight? Contrast this with the young people who WOULD, and who are participating in protests in front of the DIET, hunger strikes, and now other protests against the laws. The latter would actually have to go fight so that these former could get paid by the government and go stand for something they have no idea about.

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easy for gov't to send public servants in to "protest" while their own people are ignored. It's just so sad. Japanese need to really stand up for their country if they want to keep it. Article 9 is worth defending

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I dont understand why some here are against this bill. If the country were lead by a guy like Hitler or Napoleon, I would understand, but in no momento Abe said that he wants to use the army to kill others or conquer other nations by force.

this bill has as pourpose to protect the country more and more. Japan has been threaten by China and N. K. and she cannot just stay on the corner eating hot dogs as many are suggesting.

In addition to that, army has no as primary pourpose go to war and kill people, but to help young to understand their responsability in the society, be more mature in thinking and attitude and of course prepare them for their daily life. Many young people are spoil because they dont know how important their resposability in the society. And it may help even young people to understand other people and culture things that many has hard time to do.

Man, army has a lot of good pourpose and those ignorant only think that army pourpose is to kill. That is so sad it.

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I dont understand why some here are against this bill. If the country were lead by a guy like Hitler or Napoleon, I would understand, but in no momento Abe said that he wants to use the army to kill others or conquer other nations by force.

Japan already has an armed forces that can and is ready to protect Japan in the event of an attack. There is no need for the bills for defense, as it is already covered. The only reason to change the constitution is to allow something other than self-defense - which is what we are against. Japan's pacifist constitution has served it well for 70 years. Don't fix what ain't broke.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

If "responsibility in the international community" matters, why not accept more refugees for a start instead of military shopping?

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Meanwhile there was a huge demo in Tokyo against the security bills. Reuters says around 120 thousand people rallied. http://news.yahoo.com/huge-protest-tokyo-rails-against-pm-abes-security-094959958.html

3 ( +3 / -0 )

500 paid stooges holding up identical signs compared to 120,000 on Sunday opposing..

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