Campaigners push for pacifist Japanese to win Nobel Peace Prize

Japanese children look at a picture made of paper cranes for victims of the 1945 atomic bombing at Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima on August 5, 2010Campaigners 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. 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. “The idea came to me when I was watching a TV report about the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the European Union,” she told AFP.

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