On Sept. 22, the anti-racism march drew about 1,200 people, largely through Twitter and other social media, according to the organizers.
“I was shocked to watch people smirking while saying ‘die’ to their targets,” said Noe Nagashima, a 15-year-old high school student. “Our generation must show an interest (in this issue) to change such a situation.”
The group started at Shinjuku Central Park and marched 4 kilometers along Shokuan-dori street and into the Kabukicho district of the ward. Those leading the group carried placards with such messages as “Let’s live together” and wore black suits modeled on the March on Washington in 1963, when Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968) delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech.