In Japan, demonstrations are not something very usual; during my first years in Japan I almost didn’t see any. However, as of lately, the Japanese economy is getting worse and worse, there are more and more Japanese people without a job; there’s also problems with the pensions, with China about the Senkaku islands, etc. and Japanese people is starting to get worried and they are going out to the streets to protest and show their discontent.
I am still amazed by how well organized Japanese demonstrations are and how strict the police control over them is (sometimes there are more policemen than demonstrators). Take a look at the pictures and notice how the demonstrators march in lines of three or four along the side of the streets (trying not to interrupt the traffic nor the pedestrians on the sidewalk).
Another curious thing that has grabbed my attention lately is that there are demonstrations in where demonstrators are protesting over different things! Some of them are still protesting against the war in Iraq and two rows behind some others are protesting over how precarious Japanese pensions are.