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This is "Peace Day Tokyo 2007", an antiwar rally held in central Tokyo on Sept. 15, 2007, part of the worldwide International Day of Peace Peace (officially Sept. 21, 2007). This was attended by about 1500 people to protest nuclear weapons and the US led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. But more importantly this was to protest Japan's participation in the US led wars for over the past six years Japan has been providing logistical support to these wars at the urging of the US. This includes rebuilding efforts by the Japan Ground Self Defense Force in Samawa Provence, Iraq since 2004, as well refueling US naval ships by the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force in the Indian Ocean off Afghanistan since 2001. This specially enacted antiterrorism refueling mission is a major controversy within Japanese politics as the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) wants to renew this legislation which expires on November 1, 2007. But the main opposition party, the Democratic Party of Japan which took control of the Upper House of Parliament in late July, 2007 wants to defeat this bill and is one of the main reasons why outgoing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe abruptly announced his resignation on Sept. 12, 2007. After the end of WW II, Japan became a pacifist nation enacting Article 9 of it's constitution which forbids it to attack any other nation. But Japan's political power brokers now want to rearm Japan by revising Article 9, much to the chagrin of its Asian neighbors.
- Torin Boyd 2007 - All rights Reserved
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