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High school students protest in Shibuya against security legislation

High school students and other participants take part in a rally against new security legislation, on March 27, 2016, in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward. (Mainichi)

About 300 people including high school students took to the streets in Tokyo's Shibuya district on March 27 to protest against new security legislation that is due to come into effect in Japan on March 29.

    High school students who joined the "Wakamono Kempo Shukai" (Constitution youth projects demonstration) last June were among those who called for participation in the weekend demonstration through social media including Twitter and Facebook. They urged people to "talk about a peaceful future."

    During the demonstration, participants raised their voices saying, "Protect the Constitution," and "Don't destroy Article 9." Article 9 of Japan's Constitution renounces war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as a means of settling international disputes. The participants also held up banners and placards reading, "We are the sovereign people," as they walked through the streets.

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