Hundreds rally in Tokyo against Abe’s attempt to amend pacifist Constitution

admin   •   January 23, 2018   •   3191

In his policy address during the first day of a 150-day regular parliament session on Monday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe again expressed his intention to promote an amendment that would alter Japan’s pacifist Constitution.

But the idea has gained massive opposition from people from civil organizations across Japan.

“We don’t need a prime minister who wants a war,” said a protester.

“The constitutional amendment must stop,” said one of the demonstrator.

During the protest, some lawmakers from opposition parties walked out of their offices and joined the event.

According to the latest public opinion poll by Kyodo News, opposition to Abe’s constitutional amendment reached 54.8 percent. Less than 30 percent of the public supports the amendment. Meanwhile, over half of the people polled were against Abe’s proposal of writing the Japan self-defense forces into Article 9.

A poll by Mainichi Shinbun found that 46 percent of respondents oppose the proposed amendment to the Constitution within this year, while 36 percent support the motion.

“We are against war. I’m over 80 years old and I have experienced the pain of war. We must oppose war no matter what happens,” said a local resident.

The party’s first question time will begin on Wednesday. — Reuters

Hidilyn Diaz bags PH’s first Olympic gold medal

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Filipina weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz will take home the Philippines’ first Olympic gold medal after winning the women’s 55-kg weightlifting event of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Monday (July 26).

Diaz finished with a total score 224 kg, lifting 97 in the snatch and 127 in the clean & jerk snatching the gold from China’s Liao Qiuyun who finished with a total score of 223 kg. Kazakhstan’s Zulfiya Chinshanlo won the bronze medal after scoring a total of 213 kg.

Malacañang lauded Diaz for her success and for making the country proud.

“The Palace congratulates Hidilyn Diaz for bringing pride and glory to the Philippines for winning the country’s first-ever Olympic gold medal,” said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque in a statement.

In 2016, Diaz previously won a silver medal in the women’s 53-kg category in the 2016 Rio Olympics. AAC

Over 1 million AstraZeneca vaccine jabs from Japan to arrive in PH Thursday night

Robie de Guzman   •   July 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Over a million doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine that were donated by the Japanese government are expected to arrive in the Philippines on Thursday night, Malacañang said.

In a press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the vaccine jabs from Japan are among the two batches of AstraZeneca doses due to be delivered this week.

Inaasahan natin na may darating na dalawang batches ng AstraZeneca ngayong linggong ito. Una ang AstraZeneca na donasyon ng Japanese government, mamayang gabi po ang dating niyan,” Roque said.

“Pangalawa, ang AstraZeneca na galing po sa COVAX Facility,” he added.

Based on data presented by Roque, a total of 1,124,100 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine will come from Japan while the shipment from the vaccine-sharing COVAX Facility contains 2,028,000 doses.

Roque also announced that the Philippines is also expecting to receive this week two batches of Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine from Russia.

The shipments will contain around 170,000 doses of Sputnik V vaccine.

The National Task Force against COVID-19 earlier said there were delays in the delivery of vaccine supplies because vaccine manufacturers usually prepare for the deployment or the inventory of their supply during the first and last weeks of the month.

For the month of July, the Philippines is expecting to receive at least 16 million vaccine doses, including the 3 million doses of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine donated by the US government through the vaccine-sharing COVAX Facility.

1M doses of AstraZeneca from Japan expected to arrive on July 8

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—One million doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines from Japan are tentatively set to arrive  on July 8, according to the Ambassador of Japan in the Philippines.

In a tweet, Ambassador Koshikawa Kazuhiko announced that Japan will donate the vaccines in support of the Philippines’ goal to reach herd immunity. The Philippines is among the countries that Japan will provide assistance to as part of its pandemic response.

Japan also pledge to donate 1 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccines to Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Japan has pledged $1 billion and 30 million doses to the COVAX facility which will be distributed to various countries in need of COVID-19 vaccine supply. AAC

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