Activists in Tokyo demonstrated against agricultural giant Monsanto in front of their local offices, joining 279,723 protesters in 57 other countries around the world for March Against Monsanto day on May 25, 2013. Project 99% [ja], an anti-nuclear power and anti-Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement [so called TPP] coalition of activists and groups in Japan working to create society for the 99 percent, organized the action. Some of the activists performed a short original theatrical play entitled “Keep the Monsanto Police out of Japan! [ja]“.
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