A massive rally opposing the Abe administration’s push for constitutional revision was staged in front of the Diet building in Tokyo on Nov. 3, which marked the 72nd anniversary of the promulgation of the Constitution.

About 18,000 people participated, according to the organizer, which consists of citizen groups including “Abe 9-jo Kaiken No! Zenkoku Shimin Action” (No to Abe’s revisions to Article 9 of the Constitution: national citizens’ action).

Protesters shouted slogans such as, “We are against the constitutional revision” and “Let’s stop (the constitutional revision) by all means,” along with lawmakers of the opposition parties and constitutional scholars.

Daichi Suzuki, 35, a nursing-care facility worker from Kodaira, western Tokyo, joined the rally, thinking that the public's voices have yet to reach Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

According to Suzuki, the elderly people who are utilizing the facility he is working for are concerned about the moves toward revising the Constitution, which could change the war-renouncing Article 9 to define the status of the Self-Defense Forces.

Mentioning that summits were realized between South Korea and North Korea and also between the United States and North Korea, Suzuki said, “(The constitutional revision) runs counter to the world’s moves that are aiming at achieving peace.”

Mariko Miyai, 69, came from Fuchu, western Tokyo, with her friends.

Miyai said when she conducted a signature-collecting campaign in her area against constitutional revision, even a female high school student hoping to join the SDF signed her name.

“Young people are also opposed (to the constitutional revision). There are many other things the government should do, such as in the fields of welfare and medicine, to improve the lives of the people,” she said.