Another wave of demonstrators swept through Tokyo, June 22, and gathered outside the Diet buildings in protest against the ratification of the new Japan-United States security treaty.
Another wave of demonstrators swept through Tokyo, June 22, and gathered outside the Diet buildings in protest against the ratification of the new Japan-United States security treaty. Weaving through the streets in their snake-like dance, students and left-wing Trade Unionist chanted anti-American slogans and called on Japanese Kishi to resign.
Called out by the "Peoples Council"and supported by the General Council of Trade Unions (Sohyo)and thousands of students, the first wave of demonstrators arrived outside the Diet building in the early afternoon. Later in the evening they were joined by a second throng. The police kept behind the wall of the building and there were no major incidents. During the demonstration the news swept through the crowd that Kishi was to resign was greeted with cheers.
Earlier the same morning, Sohyo staged a railway strike-said to be the biggest in Tokyo since the war. Unlike the railway strike of June 4, the Unionists did not resort to kidnapping to keep the trains from running. Meetings were held and workers urged not to turn out to work.
About one million people were stranded in outlying stations, unable to get into the city. Over 100,000 long distance passengers were delayed. The National Railway Workers Union sent teams round around all the stations in the city to hold protest meetings.
When the new security treaty became law, June 23, Prime Minister Kishi confirmed his intention to resign. It is thought that Mr. Kishi will remain in office for some time yet, as no candidate has been able to gather enough support within the party to win the leadership.