IZUMI, Osaka Prefecture – As demonstrated by the most recent mass demonstration in front of the Diet, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe now faces vehement opposition from pacifist elements to the raft of security-related bills introduced by his Cabinet. The hard-core component consists of postwar baby boomers who experienced first-hand the impact of the U.S.-led Occupation involving demilitarization, democratization and pacifist education.
These pacifists in their 60s now occupy leadership roles across Japanese society. Given their age, the situation is transitory in nature, yet salient because the silent majority remains reserved in the predominantly pacifist inertia. With the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner, Komeito, possessing a two-thirds majority in the Lower House and a simple majority in the Upper House, the bills will surely pass. But forcing their passage would impair the longevity of the LDP government.