Japanese academics are bravely standing up to the LDP's new "security legislation" which essentially deconstructs Japan's post-World War II Constitution:
"Scholars determined to kill security legislation before enforcement," The Mainichi September 21, 2015, http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20150921p2a00m0na010000c.html An army of intellectuals and university professors gathered in Tokyo on Sept. 20 to announce their opposition to the ruling coalition's railroading of the controversial security legislation through the House of Councillors. One hundred and seventy-one members of the Association of Scholars Opposed to the Security-related Bills held a news conference at Gakushikaikan hall in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward and criticized the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for railroading the security legislation through the upper house amid strong objection from the public and opposition parties. They announced a statement saying that the government's move was "nothing but a violation of constitutionalism and a reckless act to abandon Japan's pacifism."
This move to derail Abe's security legislation is particularly brave given the LDP government is trying very to destroy the arts, humanities and social sciences in Japanese Universities:
Shusuke Murai, Subsidies used as carrot to prod national universities to streamline, ditch humanities The Japan Times (June 25, 2015).Other groups that have resisted LDP railroading have faced sanctions. For example, LDP members threatened to target newspapers that ran editorials critical of the security bills:
I am repeatedly impressed by the sincere pacifism of the majority of Japanese citizens.Mizuho Aoki, Masaaki Kameda, Magdalena Osumi (June 26, 2015). “Media fire back at LDP for targeting revenue of newspapers critical of security bills,” The Japan Times, http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/06/26/national/politics-diplomacy/media-fire-back-ldp-targeting-newspaper-funding/#.VY1sWkZBmFs