The composition of SEALDs is almost identical to that of the antinuclear groups discussed in this essay

The composition of SEALDs is almost identical to that of the antinuclear groups discussed in this essay

The expansion of these protests in the summer of that year established the area around the prime minister’s residence and the National Diet as a place of protest

There are 20–30 central members and about 150 peripheral members. SEALDs does not have a physical office and the group disseminates information through its homepage and via SNS. They use music and design effectively to communicate their message. Women and men of all ages come to their events. While the mass media have likened the group to a return to the 1960s, the age-distribution of the participants in 2015 is completely different. Only students took part in mobilizations by the student self-governing bodies mobilized in the 1960s. In 2015, however, the forms of mobilization changed and students were not the only ones who turn out. Although the organizers of SEALDs are students, people from all walks of life come to their events. It would be more accurate to refer to the group not as a “student movement” but as a “social movement with student organizers.” I overheard one Japanese reporter who watched a SEALDs rally in summer 2015 comment that, “although I heard that this was a revival of the student movement, I was a bit disappointed because most of the participants do not seem to be students.” This comment demonstrates the continued inability of some in the mainstream media to understand the new organizing style.

On the day of a protest they set up a public address system and a stage outside the National Diet but they do not know how many people will turn up on the day

Since 2012, a culture of gathering outside the prime minister’s residence to protest has put down strong roots. Since the movement against the renewal of the US-Japan Security Treaty in 1960, there have been restrictions on political demonstrations near the National Diet and the prime minister’s residence. When MCAN began holding protests on the sidewalk outside the prime minister’s residence in 2012, the police tolerated them because of the small number of participants and because public opinion opposed nuclear power. Since the summer of 2012, MCAN activists have held protests in this zone every Friday. The protest was the 176 th such event. The protests have continued in 2016, for example, with 6,000 demonstrators on March 12. 1 The demonstrators have negotiated effectively with police in order to maintain this zone as a place where protest can take place since 2012.

After becoming a space of protest during antinuclear protests in 2012, the area in front of the National Diet has witnessed the movement against the Designated Secrets Protection Bill (tokutei himitsu hogo hoan) in 2013 and the movement opposing cabinet , SEALDs members organized as SASPL (Students Against the Secret Protection Law) to oppose the Designated Secrets Protection Bill and also protested outside the Diet. Since the summer of 2015, SEALDs has held protests adjacent to the Diet every Friday between express installment loans Greensburg, IN 6 and 8 o’clock in the evening to coincide with MCAN’s protests. The protests during the 2015 movement against the security legislation were an extension of SEALDs’ earlier activities. The rally of 120,000 that took place outside the National Diet on , did not appear out of nowhere. It was the product of the political context that has been developing since 2011. 53 As someone who has been researching these movements since 2011, I can say that the nature of the movement has remained consistent. The biggest change has been the attention SEALDs has gained from the mass media and the new common sense in Japan and abroad that this kind of movement exists in Japan.

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