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Campaigners push for pacifist Japanese to win Nobel Peace Prize

Published on Jul 12, 2014 2:44 PM
 
A protestors shows "No War" sign on her palms during a rally in front of the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo on July 1, 2014. Campaigners are pushing for Japan's population to win this year's Nobel Peace Prize in a nod to the country's long-held pacifism, even as Tokyo controversially expands the scope of the military in a move that has sparked protests at home. -- PHOTO: AFP 

TOKYO (AFP) - Campaigners are pushing for Japan's population to win this year's Nobel Peace Prize in a nod to the country's long-held pacifism, even as Tokyo controversially expands the scope of the military in a move that has sparked protests at home.

By Friday, the group had amassed a support petition with more than 150,000 names, and organisers say Japan's 128-million residents are now among the possible candidates for the prestigious award.

But even if the odds are slim - there are hundreds of candidates - the message is just as important, said 37-year-old housewife Naoko Takasu, who came up with the plan.

It was not possible to nominate Japan's pacifist constitution - put in place after the end of World War II - so activists moved to get the peace-loving population on the prize list instead.

 
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