In Japan, Tens of Thousands Protest WHO’s ‘Supranational Grab Over Global Health’


by Michael Nevradakis, Ph.D., Childrens Health Defense:

Tens of thousands of people rallied over the weekend in a central Tokyo park to protest the WHO’s proposed pandemic treaty and amendments to the International Health Regulations (2005) — proposals that critics allege threaten Japan’s and other countries’ national sovereignty.


Citizen’s Association against the Pandemic Treaty organized the rally, with help from the World Council of Health (WCH) Japan, according to historian and author Chikatsu Hayashi and Masayasu Inoue, M.D., Ph.D., professor emeritus of molecular pathology and medicine at Osaka City University Medical School.

The rally called for Japan’s withdrawal from the WHO. Participants also opposed the “pandemic treaty” and IHR amendments and the Japanese government’s public health policies, Hayashi and Inoue, who both spoke at the rally, told The Defender.

The rally was organized at the East Ikebukuro Central Park. Izumi Kamijo, a member of WCH Japan, told The Defender the site was symbolic as it once housed the Sugamo Prison, “where most of the top government and military people after World War II were detained who refused to collaborate with the occupying force, i.e., General McArthur and the U.S. military.”

Estimates of the turnout are as high as 100,000 people, but according to Kamijo, “The turnout is estimated around 20,000 … Some people say up to 30,000, others say well over 10,000. So, 20,000 would be appropriate.”

Even a turnout of 20,000 participants is significant, according to Kamijo, who said, “We didn’t have such a big rally for decades.” Hayashi and Inoue also estimated around 20,000 people attended, calling it “a great achievement.”

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