(Akahata: November 4, 2015 – p. 5)
The T-ns Sowl, a group of high school students who protest against the war legislation, met for the second time in Tokyo on November 3 to discuss politics and democracy.
The students organized the event to learn how to take the initiative in fighting the abolishment of the war legislation, while fulfilling their responsibility to study at school. Chigaya Kinoshita, a political scholar, and Rei Shiva, a journalist, were invited to the program as guest speakers.
Kinoshita told the participants: “Solving a problem with others is a universal political activity, something you can see in comic books and novels. However young you are, you should speak up when you think something is not right.”
Meanwhile, Shiva stressed the importance of thinking about politics from the scene of the action. “The war legislation will eventually lead Japan into the U.S.-led war against terrorism,” he said. “Protecting the Constitution of Japan will not only benefit Japan but also realize a more peaceful world.”
A female high school senior from Tokyo’s Nakano Ward said she participated in the program, although her parents told her to stay home to study for college exams.
“We should never wage war, as it creates problems across the globe,” she said. “I thought politics were for adults, but after participating in the program, I felt strongly that politics should become a central concern of our generation. I want to share this with friends.” (Slightly abridged)