Since Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s “anti-conspiracy” bill entered the upper house of parliament in early April, thousands of people across the country have taken to the streets in protest. Demonstrations against the bill actually started in December, when Abe’s plan became known to the public, but their intensity has grown in recent weeks. As the ruling coalition is pushing to pass the bill before the end of the legislative session on June 18, hundreds of people are staging daily demonstrations in front of the government offices to demand lawmakers scrap the bill, which lies at the intersection of Japan’s struggles.
In July of 2016, the prime minister Shinzo Abe won enough seats in parliament to rewrite the country’s pacifist Constitution for the first time since the end of World War II and change a constitutional clause that outlawed war since 1947.
Some tensions exist because Japan and China have a long-running dispute over the ownership of a string of islands in the East China Sea and because China views any expansion of Japan’s military as a threat.
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