Hundreds of antifascists marched in the Shinjuku district of Tokyo on Saturday, January 19th. The demonstration was part of a campaign against the fascist government of Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe. Throughout the march, there were ananarchist, pro-queer, and antifascist imagery and messages. Those that attended remarked at the power felt from the roar of their chanting. The demonstrators were confronted by fascists using Sound Trucks, in an attempt to drown them out, but the antifascists were undeterred.
Though details were scant, this particular protest appears to have been in response to Shinzo Abe’s push to reform Article 9 of the Japanses constitution which forbids the use of war as a means to settle international disputes. Many in Japan fear that this move could open the door for Japan to return to its pre-WWII militaristic and imperialist practices.
On social media, the campaign is using the hashtag #AbeOut0120