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SEALDs pro-peace student group to disband

Sunday’s Asahi and Mainichi both carried prominent stories on pro-peace student group SEALDs’ plan to disband on Monday, noting that since its launch 15 months ago to protest the controversial security legislation, the organization “reenergized” the nation’s peace movement, which had been relatively dormant in the absence of young activists. Although SEALDs failed to achieve its primary goals of blocking the enactment of the security laws and preventing political forces keen to revise the Constitution from winning a two-thirds majority in the recent Upper House election, the papers said there is no doubt that the group successfully sparked interest in politics among many previously apathetic youths through its active and effective use of social network platforms.

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