‘Wall of Women’ Block Japanese Security Bill Debates In Diet


Ever since the Abe administration forced through the recent security bill vote, Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party has faced protests and walkouts in the Diet, declining approval ratings, student hunger strikes, and other forms of public opposition, but the bill has continued to progress towards being enacted.

September 16 marked the start of the final debates before the bill passes, and in a rather unusual and somewhat desperate tactic, the opposition parties have erected a “wall of women” preventing the committee chairman from entering the meeting room and thereby delaying the meeting indefinitely. Although the strategy seems to have (surprisingly) succeeded in forcing the debate into a recession as of this writing, Netizen judgments of this new political strategy have been resoundingly harsh.

From Yahoo! Japan:

Security Bill: Chairman Konoike Prevented from Entering Committee Room by Cries of “Don’t Touch Me! It’s Sexual Harassment!”

On the evening of September 16, the upper house special committee on security-related legislation is opening an intermittent meeting to conduct concluding debates regarding the security bill. However, the opposition parties have stationed a large number of female Diet members in front of the door to the committee room, and they are resisting the attempts of majority party Diet members to remove them with cries of “Don’t touch me! It’s sexual harassment!” In effect, this “wall of women” has confined committee chairman Konoike Yoshitada to the room, and is preventing the debates from starting.

Former Social Democratic Party leader Fukushima Mizuho, the Democratic Party’s Komiyama Yasuko, Tsujimoto Kiyomi, and various other female opposition party Diet members from both the upper and lower house have all gathered in front of the committee room wearing pink headbands. Every time a male Diet member from the majority party touches them, they yell out, “You have committed sexual harassment.”

A huge number of Diet members from both the majority and minority parties have formed a crowd before the committee room. When one male Diet member from an opposition party screamed, “Diet Member Ishii Hiro of the Liberal Democratic Party has committed sexual harassment,” Ishii, who was merely pushed forward by the crowd, became enraged.

According to Diet officials, opposition party members have also used benches to blockade the internal door leading from the committee room to a neighboring room. It seems that the opposition party will prevent all committee votes throughout the day of September 16, as a tactic for postponing the security bill vote in the House of Councillors plenary session until Saturday, September 19.

Comments from Yahoo! Japan:


This is just too low-level


A sexual harassment strategy?? I’m at a loss for words…


I turned on the TV, but Tsujimoto was on there too… I don’t know who thought of this, but it is too stupid.


Maybe this is “reverse sexual harassment” or “power harassment”? Well no, if you use harassment against someone that’s “criminal intimidation,” isn’t it?


Is Diet member really a job where it’s ok to do stuff like this?


Much better case for filing sexual harassment complaints if Fukushima Mizuho touches you.


The sexual harassment strategy is just too childish.


National Diet member is really an easy job for how much they get paid, huh…


This isn’t sexual harassment.


They can try and try and try and try and try and try and try and try and try and try and try and try and try and try and try and try and try and try and try and try and try and try and try and try their hardest, but even radical leftist terrorists will still just be alumni of the Democratic party’s administration.

A sexual harassment attack to obstruct the Diet? I don’t want the Japanese people’s annual taxes to be wasted on a farce like this. Don’t screw around, Democratic party scum. Return our tax money!!!!

Comments from 2ch.net:


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These old hags aren’t playing around!


Wait, these assholes have been women all along?


Actually, it’s using it like this that is the real sexual harassment, right?


When they’re in trouble like this, they leave out the usual stuff about gender equality.


Are you just a bunch of floppers?


It’s sexual harassment~



Can’t we arrest them for this? They get our tax money, so what are these jerks doing?


Die, pigs. That’s all you need to say in return.


I’m gonna puke.

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  • Chestnut Bowl

    What kind of lame-ass strategy is that?

    • John Snow

      last ditch effort really. Japan will start buying American’s weapons in truck loads and will most likely join in on the “war on terror”

      USA the only country in the world that comes out of a war richer than going in.

      • Balkan

        Well said. They’re willing to sacrifice their own people too, just to get more money.

        • David

          Neither of you has any idea what your talking about. Just spouting ridiculous comments you heard somewhere with no facts to back it up.

          • risotto

            They must work for Fox News.

          • Balkan

            Fox News? Seriously?

          • Balkan

            No facts? The US has been attacking and getting itself involved in most of the wars after WW2 and yet the country has never been as rich as now. How is that possible?

          • David

            That is the logic of a 5 year old.

        • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

          I think you’ve been following a different war.

          • Balkan

            And which one is that?

          • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

            One that didn’t put them billions in debt.

          • goodnightrightpride

            It put the country in debt but it made the profiteers billions themselves.

            Remember, America is an oligarchy.

      • sob

        Ehhhh?? The American economy has tanked since the war on terror began. In no small part due to the massive debt from carrying out wars. What benefit has the US attained from Iraq or Afghanistan and bit roles in Syria, Libya, Yemen etc?

        • John Snow

          What debt? And to whomel? Corporate makes the £££$$$$. People pays the tax which funds it all. Ignore the money printed

  • guest

    I think Abe has the right idea in terms of increasing Japan’s ability to defend itself and help allies. I don’t agree with the way he and his party have implemented the law, as it seems to not have the support of the majority of the populace, and in a democracy, there ought to be more discussion and heed paid to the public if there is this large a disconnect between their opinion and the law being passed.

    However, shit like this is just pathetic. If you really disagree with the law, protest in a responsible way, trust in the courts and constitution if you actually believe that the law is unconstitutional, and try to get a majority in the next election and make the changes you think are right for your country. Actions like this just devalue anything you have to say.

    • We do anything to help ourselves out so not to get concerned with war again.
      This is about life and death.
      This is what all the victims of the previous war, no matter inside outside Japan, those dead people make us do.
      As they have no voice to tell “No war” anymore.
      Because they are DEAD.
      We are not going to kill people again.
      We are not going to have a war.
      Killing people is not what we do.
      No law against constitution is legal.
      USA can’t make us kill people, we already have two self-immolation men against Abe’s military policy.
      We are killing ourselves to allege “we don’t want to kill people again” how do you think, USA is really doing something reasonable?

      • guest

        You obviously have very strong feelings on the matter, which I can respect. It is your country after all.

        I’m not sure what the fixation with killing people is. Of course, in a war, people are killed, but I don’t think this law somehow puts Japan on the path to WWIII. I just see it as a way to ensure Japan’s security in the future. They can’t rely on the U.S. to protect them forever, so it is a good idea to ensure that it is not such a one-sided agreement, but rather a more mutual pact.

        That doesn’t mean that Japan needs to or is obligated to participate in America’s wars elsewhere, which seems to be the fear. Just a further strengthening of ties.

        You seem to think that the bill is not constitutional. I can’t speak to that matter, but as I said before, then you should trust in the courts to rule that way.

      • StaySharpStaySmart

        Japan need more woman. Only one solution.

        • Yes we have TOO MUCH MALE IDIOTS in our country, there’s no CURE for them.
          Of course there are still few ones decent, few female stupid, but definitely MEN of my COUNTRY are the GARBAGE, PEST, SHAME, so I am recommending them to be dismissed, ended, just disappeared from the earth.
          I am telling them that you are persona non grata in anywhere in the world, no woman prefers a Japanese man, including us homegirls.
          Japanese men, fail.
          Few decent men are, just getting quiet when I am getting mad at those stupid men in my country, calling them cockroach as precise as they are, giving up on making their reputation less worse because there are TOO MANY STUPID ONES than those of decent. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/08a3a78220922373dc3c6a1b54a453c138764fc784953ad0a2a42ca424057925.jpg

          • Fight The Power

            Where the hell were you when I was living in Japan?

          • PC

            Your information seems to be a little…wrong, that guy you are quoting, Richard Armitage, is a Bush era politician who was kicked out in 2005 for the Plame Affair. He has not been in government office for over 10 years.

          • Kento

            Though Armitage has not held office in a decade, he has been influential on US policy on Japan in the past decade, probably most visibly through his role in the influential CSIS think tank.

          • PC

            However, a think tank has no real power, it just puts out suggestions, articles, and advocates for them as “experts” in their field. Also, Armitage is a Republican neocon while Obama is Democrat and seen as a “socialist”. Most of the time, Democrats and Republicans get along as well as cats and dogs tied together in a small cage. Plus, my Japanese history is very limited but wasn’t your constitution drafted by two American Army lawyers chosen by General MacArthur after WWII. I would add more but I sense that would just draw me into a foreign flame war.

          • I will not really respond to an anonymous poster anymore.
            You need to talk to me by your ORIGINAL account that you usually USE, that links your SNS or personal web site, then I’m going to consider about how to do with you. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/39188c00280c6b6632eae17141db3b732915c0fb5f1a11a861a52af53ab9af0c.png

          • BaeKKKSan

            I heard about this incident. That guy was bad.

    • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

      The reasonable way failed, so they are going with irrational stuff.

  • Claude

    If you think they’re passionate about this now wait until one or two twenty something year old kids come home in boxes. Eventually after committing themselves to this, the Japanese are going to have to send someone overseas to “fight terrorism” to show the Chinese they won’t be pushed around.

  • James

    abe and his government is just the genetic successors of the old ww2 government

  • Danny

    This… is pathetic.

  • KP

    Do you know Abe has no Children.. for him this was all planned out from his early birth.

  • Nothing is legal when it is out of violence.
    No law is legal when it is against constitution.

  • StaySharpStaySmart

    Japan need more woman. Only solution to Japan.

  • NorthEast

    Japan need more woman.

  • Ibyangin

    Tsk, tsk, tsk,… SMH

    I am not at all a proponent of the Security bill that is on the table… But isn’t it a bit Kafka-esque for a ‘developed’ country like Japan to have situations like this in the highest public institute? Japan is going to the dogs…. well with Abe it was only a matter of time.

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