Tetsuhito Aikawa’s fight against change

Just before 5pm on a sunny autumn afternoon , Tetsuhito Aikawa strode into the headquarters of the Democratic Party of Japan, an unprepossessing eight-story building in Tokyo’s Nagatacho district.

Guards stationed on the ground floor saw nothing suspicious about the 24-year-old part-time worker from Yamanashi Prefecture, who was wearing a black suit and tie and making his way to the ruling party’s seventh-floor reception desk.

When he emerged from the lift, Aikawa pulled out a 53-centimeter wooden sword and charged up a set of emergency stairs to the unattended office of the Prime Minister, Yukio Hatoyama, where he began smashing a computer server until he was finally overpowered by security.

”I thought I could put a stop to the party’s policies,” Aikawa was reported to have said, in a reference to a proposed bill that would give permanent foreign residents the right to vote in local elections.

His ambitious plan was the surest indication yet of rising resentment among Japan’s right-wing groups about the government’s plan.

Read the rest of the story: Sydney Morning Herald

Photo by: Mauricio Kanno

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