Police reported more than 150 arrests on Sunday (June 21) as about 150,000 people throughout Japan demonstrated against the renewal of the U.
Police reported more than 150 arrests on Sunday (June 21) as about 150,000 people throughout Japan demonstrated against the renewal of the U.S.-Japanese security treaty.
The security pact expired at midnight on June 22, and was automatically renewed for an indefinite period.
In Tokyo there were 51 arrests, including 26 of an estimated 150 stick-wielding, helmeted students who stormed the rostrum at a rally staged by socialists and trade unionists.
Some 23,00 people snaked through the streets chanting and waving banners after the rally, threatening the American Embassy, out being kept under control by Tokyo's police.
The students, angered by a decision to bar them because the rally from one hour to ten minutes.
Thousands of policemen were also mobilised to protect Government Buildings and the official residence of Premier Sato in the city centre.
Among the slogans on view in the demonstration were "Down with Sato Government" and "Destroy U.S.-Japan Security Treaty".
Elsewhere in Japan, in Nagoya, in the central region, 56 people were detained for attacking riot police with staves as a demonstration broke up. Seven policemen were slightly injured.
Fourteen other people were arrested elsewhere in the city after minor scuffles with police.