Protesters march in Tokyo as Wall St. movement goes global

Sunday, October 16, 2011
By Paul Martin
October 17, 2011

TOKYO (Kyodo) — People took to the streets Saturday in Tokyo as the “Occupy Wall Street” movement to protest widening income disparities spread across the world, with similar rallies being held in Australia and Taiwan the same day.

Further demonstrations were expected to take place in other parts of Asia and Europe as advocates of the movement called via the Internet for a global day of action Saturday.

About 100 people including children and senior citizens gathered in Tokyo’s Hibiya Park and started marching around 12:30 p.m. toward the nearby government office quarter in Tokyo’s Kasumigaseki district, waving placards bearing a variety of slogans.

The demonstration was organized by a group called “Occupy Tokyo” founded a week ago.

“I was touched by the Wall Street movement,” said Masaki Shoji, a 19-year-old freshman at Hosei University who participated in the demonstration.

“Japanese are often seen as being unassertive, but I wanted to show that we can stand up as well.”

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