Arab News Japan
TOKYO: More than 2,000 workers, students, and activists gathered in Hibiya Park on Sunday for a demonstration in the heart of Tokyo to protest the policies of new Prime Minister KISHIDA Fumio and his ruling Liberal Democratic Party.
Among the targets for the demonstrators were plans to change the Japanese constitution, security, the privatization of medical facilities, and Kishida’s economic policies. The protesters called for a general strike and an increase in workers’ wages.
Over two thousand demonstrators showed their support for several causes, including immigrants held in detention centers and the abuse of a young Sri Lankan woman who died after being denied medical attention at the Nagoya detention center.
There was also support for “political prisoners” linked to the death of a police officer in Shibuya in the 1970s and 7/11 workers who suffered bad working conditions in convenience stores.
A group of strikers in the hospital sector during the coronavirus pandemic were cheered by the crowd when their spokesperson denounced the privatization of hospitals.
They also shouted anti-war slogans and called for keeping the Japanese forces strictly for self-defense and not to be involved with other military forces.
Nationalist groups tried to disrupt the protest before being stopped by police. A nationalist with a megaphone asked who would protect Japan if the Japanese forces were not needed.