Protests against Abe administration continue
Members of SEALDs (Students Emergency Action for Liberal Democracy) and other groups gather in Hibiya Park before marching through Ginza in protest against the Japanese government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday 2nd October, in Tokyo Japan. In the largest gathering since the Japanese government passed new controversial security legislation, over 10,000 citizens from all walks of life came together on Friday night to call for a change in government. Under the slogan Smash Fascism, Abe Out, the protests were organised by several different groups all unhappy with the actions of the current government. As well as the security bills, the protesting groups have a long list of gripes with the Abe government, including the restart of Japan's nuclear power programme, the State Secrecy Law, consumption tax rises, the Trans Pacific trade Partnership, and US military base relocation in Okinawa. They believe that the government is pushing on regardless and not paying attention to their concerns. On many of the issues the protesters have the support of the much of the population but the Liberal Democratic Party has a strong majority in parliament and has just selected Abe as president for another 3-year term.