The year 2015 was a turning point for Japan.
On July 16, the plenary session of the House of Representatives steamrollered The national security(Anpo) bill, which has shaken up both Japan and the world.
We started to be exposed to the unfamiliar vocabularies such as war and the Article 9 in the everyday conversations. The occurrence of the new wave of social movements is almost destined under this political situation.
With its frequent appearance on the media, SEALDs leads the movements, and a great number of different people follow them. They gather in front of the National Diet claiming for democracy and protesting to wars.
In the crowd, we can find a cute pink figure which is rather not suited to the harsh images of social movements.
That is Mothers Against War’s placard.
It was the very first time to witness that the women raise their voices, with carrying their children and holding a lovely designed placard.
We, as students of Sophia University, started a research project under Professor David. H. Slater. This project is based on interviews to the members of this group and intends to understand what kind of group Mothers Against War is, who joins, how they are driven, and so on.
This website introduces some of the interesting interviews we did during the last semester.
Our research follows the sociological research methods and one of its biggest purpose is to archive the stories told by each interviewee. Also, we are aware of the interviewees' privacy and most careful with confidentiality. We ask every interviewee to agree with the term of use of the data recorded during the interview and it is assured by the document below.