I visited Taiwan and learned of the Sunflower Movement in September 2016
‘Oh yeah,’ he said as I showed him the picture. ‘There is always some kind of protest going on now. Many people oppose the stance the government has taken towards China’ he continued. His English quite good for a Taiwanese. Sometimes he searched a little for what to say, sometimes he had to ask his girlfriend for a word in English, but most of the time he had no problem conversing.
I visited Osaka and watched a rally in favour of Article Nine in July, 2015
You could hear the protestors from far away. A rhythmic chant in Japanese, probably a peace slogan. No more war or give peace a chance or something. I walked closer to the rally, wanting to see what was happening.
I had seen them walk by as I checked into my hotel, a large group of people with posters, some of them in English. No more war. PEACE. Yes to Article Nine. They were chanting then as well. Funny how a provision in a constitution forced upon them by the US could evoke such passion, such feeling.