This article is republished from NHK World on the 5th of November 2017. It features the actions of American organizations mobilizing from Japan.
Protesters in Tokyo have held a rally to oppose US President Donald Trump’s policy on North Korea.
About 100 people gathered in the capital’s Shibuya district on Sunday, when Trump arrived in Japan for the first leg of his Asian tour.
The rally was organized by the Japanese branch of the US Democratic Party. The participants included American residents of Japan.
The demonstrators argued that Trump’s policies are only widening the social divide. They chanted “Love not hate” and shouted that they are united and will never be divided.
They also held placards demanding that Trump stop tweeting about North Korea and give up the military option for dealing with the country.
An American woman said she was scared when North Korea fired a ballistic missile that flew over Japan. She criticized Trump for making irresponsible remarks on Twitter about the North and for not caring about anyone but himself. She said Trump should be booted out.
An American student said Trump is too aggressive about North Korea. He said the American people do not want a war and he hopes Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will have sensible talks. The student said he wants Abe to calm down the president.