2016 T-nsSOWL Teenager protest in Tokyo
15 images Created 8 Jun 2016
The Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe continues to push ahead with reinterpreting the constitution of Japan to allow the Japanese military to take part in wars outside of Japan's national defence, These action may be in support of allies who are attacked or part of a preemptive strike against terrorism. This has led to a fear in many Japanese people that their soldiers, sailors and airmen will, for the first time since WW2, again fight, in combat and could kill and be killed. This idea is anathemato most Japanese and there have been large demonstrations in support of the almost sacred Article 9 of the constitution. in 2015 the normally politically apathetic Japanese youth could get behind the student activist group SEALDs. This stood for the Student Emergency Action for Liberal Democracy and their energetic and modern media-savvy approach to protest resonated with young and old alike. T-nsSOWL (Teens Stand Up to Oppose War Law) a new group of similar activists made up of younger students, teens who appose the militarisation of Japan's foreign diplomacy. The voting age was lowered in 2015 from 20 to 18 and the summer 2016 elections for the Upper House of the Japanese parliament will be the first time teenagers have had a say in Japanese politics. This group though quite small aims to motivate similar teens, often seen as being not interested in politics, to not waste their vote and hopefully rein-in the hawkish policies of Shinzo Abe.