on the other hand. mass media never wrote it about them
Which do you agree with?
College activist raps controversial security bills at Diet hearing
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- A university student leading a group of people opposed to security bills on Tuesday attended a public hearing in parliament and called for the controversial bills to be scrapped, predicting that opposition would be more vocal if the legislation is rammed through parliament.
Aki Okuda, a 23-year-old senior at Meiji Gakuin University and a key member of the group called Students Emergency Action for Liberal Democracy-s, or SEALDs, made the remarks at the hearing held by a House of Councillors committee deliberating the bills.
Okuda's appearance, made on the recommendation of the main opposition Democratic Party of Japan, comes as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party is seeking to have the bills passed this week while people continued to rally outside the Diet building and elsewhere.
Yoshitada Konoike, the LDP member who chairs the upper house committee, decided at his discretion Tuesday night that the committee will conclude its deliberations on the bills on Wednesday despite calls for further debate from opposition parties.
The LDP and its ruling coalition partner the Komeito party plan to hold a vote in the committee on Wednesday at the earliest. The bills have already passed the House of Representatives, and the coalition envisions enacting the legislation on Friday at the latest.
As protesters continued to surround the Diet building on Tuesday, former judges also started taking action against the bills, which would greatly expand the role of the Self-Defense Forces overseas and allow Japan to engage in collective self-defence, or defending allies under armed attack even if Japan itself is not.
Seventy-five former judges have signed a paper saying that the security bills "violate" the nation's war-renouncing Constitution and "run counter to the principle of democracy," some of the signers said Tuesday. The statement has already been mailed to the president of the upper house, they said.
During the public hearing by the upper house committee, SEALDs' Okuda said, "People who became anxious after listening to Diet deliberations and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's incomprehensible explanations about security bills on TV started voicing their opinions across Japan."
"If the bills are railroaded, more people will voice their opposition than ever," he added.
Some participants in the hearing expressed support for the bills. They were two experts in international politics recommended by the ruling coalition. One of them, Kazuya Sakamoto, a professor at Osaka University's graduate school, said, "The bills would strengthen an alliance between Japan and the United States and enhance deterrence."
The 75 former judges who signed the petition were among some 100 to whom the statement had been faxed several days earlier. Sadao Kitazawa, one of the former judges who ran the signatures drive, said the response shows just how many former judges disapprove of the bills.
"Judges have this idea that they should refrain from making political comments after they retire, but this many people voiced their opposition, thinking this situation is abnormal," the 75-year-old said.
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Thousands say no to security legislation in Tokyo protest
People gather at Hibiya Yagai Ongakudo hall in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward to protest against the security-related legislation despite heavy rain, on Sept. 9, 2015. (Mainichi)
Thousands of people gathered at a protest against the government-sponsored security bills in central Tokyo on Sept. 9 despite heavy rain.
About 5,500 people joined the rally at Hibiya Yagai Ongakudo, an open-air concert hall, in the capital's Chiyoda Ward, according to the citizens group "Senso sasenai, kyujo kowasuna! Sogakari kodo jikko iinkai" (Committee for all-out action: No war, don't destroy Article 9!) that organized the event. The participants shouted, "Stop railroading the bills!" and "Stop the out-of-control (Prime Minister Shinzo) Abe government!"
Tori Ise, a 19-year-old member of the group "Students Emergency Action for Liberal Democracy-s" (SEALDs), delivered a speech from the stage, saying, "We must not allow the unconstitutional bills that are full of flaws to pass. Democracy is facing a crisis."
"The government of Prime Minister Abe is trying to force through the security legislation without presenting valid reasons why we need it," said protester Takaaki Suzuki, 27, from Tokyo's Koto Ward.
A 31-year-old woman from Kobe said she joined the event to show her opposition to the security bills. Regarding Abe's unchallenged re-election as president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), she said, "I suspect that the LDP's in-house atmosphere has become such that party members can't voice their opinions."
the approval rate of the Abe administration is up to 46%
I thought so comparing to such fools
In my opinion, I do not understand their logic.
This bill tries to be decided in a few days. what do you think?