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Protest against collective self-defense

About 1,000 people gathered outside the Diet building in Tokyo on Monday to protest against Japan's moves to exercise the right to collective self-defense.

The demonstrators voiced opposition to the Cabinet's decision earlier this month to reinterpret the Constitution and end the ban on collective self-defense. This will allow Japan to use force to defend its allies if they are under attack.

A university student said the decision will only stir up tension between Japan and neighboring countries, and that Japan should proactively take a different path to prevent a war.

A 65-year-old former teacher said if Prime Minister Shinzo Abe intends to change the Constitution, he should not do so through Cabinet decisions, but on the basis of an election that expresses the will of the people.

Jul. 14, 2014 - Updated 09:01 UTC