Japan Citizens Sue Over Law Allowing Deployment of Troops Abroad
More than 700 citizens and residents of Japan filed lawsuits against the government over new security laws that would allow the deployment of troops abroad to defend allies. The measure, backed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, would allow for Japan to work with other international government entities in the fight against terrorism. Of concern for many plaintiffs is that the new laws could bring terrorism to the shores of Japan, destroying their traditional way of life. Furthermore some of the litigators are educators who believe that in order to teach the constitution to their pupils, they would have to include the security measures that are at odds with the principles in the document. The litigants are suing for compensation for the harm they have and will receive in the future.