Japan protests against war bills

Added On August 31, 2015

Tens of thousands rallied across Japan's major cities on Sunday, demanding for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to revoke his controversial security bills and resign.

This is one of Japan's biggest demonstrations in years.

Some 120,000 people filled the street outside the front gate of the parliament, or Diet, in Tokyo on Sunday, in protest against the government's new security bills. 

Holding up placards, many chanted slogans such as "No to war legislation!", "Scrap the bills now!" and "Abe, quit!"

Leaders from opposition parties including Ichiro Ozawa, who serves as a co-head of the People's Life Party, were also present.

They lashed out at Prime Minister Abe for trying to push through legislation that would expand Japan's military role under a reinterpretation of the country's war-renouncing constitution.   

The demonstrators said the changes would drag Japan into war. 

The protest in Tokyo was one of more than 300 this weekend across Japan, including one in Osaka which drew about 25,000 people. 

The security bills were rammed through the lower house of parliament last month and is now under debate in the upper house. A vote is expected next month. 

Opinion polls show the majority of people oppose the bills and support for Abe's government is declining.