Japanese Protesters Rally Outside PM Residence Against Relaxed Arms Export Control

Japanese protesters gathered outside the prime minister’s residence amid heavy rainfall to oppose the government’s relaxed defense equipment transfer rules and further arms export control relaxation, sparked by the decision to export next-generation fighter jets jointly developed with Britain and Italy. Demonstrators voiced concerns about constitutional principles and public sentiment, denouncing Japan’s increased involvement in the global arms trade. Mizuho Fukushima of the Social Democratic Party criticized the move, echoing fears of Japan’s deviation from its pacifist constitution. Koji Sugihara from Network Against Japan Arms Trade criticized the lack of transparency, while Atsushi Koketsu of Yamaguchi University questioned the legality of the decision, warning of potential conflict involvement and advocating for public discourse and adherence to constitutional principles.

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