Several university and high school students organized a protest in Tokyo on Sunday against the new state secrets protection law. The rally had around 400 participants, all objecting to the legislation that seeks to impose stricter punishments on individuals who will be caught leaking information designated as “state secrets.”
Chanting “We teenagers should move politics even though we have no right to vote,” and “Feel the danger of the secrets protection law,” the young people marched through the populous entertainment districts of Shibuya and Harajuku, catching the attention of the shoppers and pedestrians. Among the organizers of the protest action were 19-year-old university student Kazumi Nagashima and 17-year-old high school student Fuka Shibano together with other fellow teenagers. They met during one of the regular Friday demonstrations against nuclear power in front of the prime minister’s office.
What spurred them to organize this rally was hearing Shinzo Abe say “The storm has passed,” when the state secrets law was forced by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party through the Upper House late last year. They made up their minds to “generate a stronger storm.” Nagashima created a leaflet that showed the things that were wrong about the controversial legislation, particularly how the government has too much discretion in classifying what should be a “state secret.” One of their missions is to generate public interest in the issue, as there has been little public outcry over the bill, aside from the human rights and media sectors.
[ via Mainichi ]