Protest against the security bills (August 30, 2015)

On August 30th, 2015, the biggest anti-government demonstration regarding the security bills occurred around the Diet building in Kasumigaseki, Tokyo. The bills were under discussion in the House of Councilors at the time. While the government promoted the bills to enable Japan to exercise its collective self-defense right, the protesters claimed that the legislation would get Japan involved in global wars. The protesters criticized the government for ignoring their voices and violating the constitution. According to the main group that organized the demonstrations, approximately 350,000 people participated the protest in the surrounding area. The police said the number of protesters, including only those in front of the Diet building, reached about 33,000. Find the detailed information about the demonstration in this report from the Huffington Post.

Rally for constitutional change Nippon Kaigi (November 10, 2015)

On November 10th, 2015, the largest pro-constitutional revision group, Utsukushii Nippon no Kenpō o Tsukuru Kokumin no Kai (美しい日本の憲法をつくる国民の会), held a conference at one of the most famous indoor arenas in Japan, Nippon Budōkan. The group had worked with Nippon Kaigi to reform the constitutional, and the group was led by well-known journalist Sakurai Yoshiko. More than 11,000 participants congregated and called for constitutional revision at the conference. Participants included politicians who wanted to change the constitution in various respects. Prime Minister Abe sent a video message as well and re-affirmed his passion for constitutional revision. The script of PM Abe’s video message is available in a report from the Sankei Shimbun.