We tried... we really did, but it got through anyway. ACTA is almost completely unknown in Japan. Unlike in North America and Europe, I'd wager more than 75% of the population has never heard of it, and doesn't care to stay informed enough to find out. Nonetheless, and anti-ACTA movement has been building for the past few months. With no information about when or by whom it would be deliberated, we started filing paperwork to hold a protest on September 9th: Then, on August 28th, ACTA was put up for discussion in committee. The ruling government attempted to ram it through without discussion, but the opposition resisted, delaying the vote until August 31st. In spite of a few dissenting legislators, ACTA passed the committee vote and was put up for plenary vote on September 4th (later delayed until September 6th). The immediacy of the threat spurred action, and anti-ACTA activists held a protest rally in Akihabara: ...in addition to fax and e-mail campaigns to Diet legislators urging them to reject ACTA. In spite o all these efforts, ACTA was approved in a plenary session of the Diet on September 6th, at 1:00pm Needless to say, we're not happy. ACTA may have been passed, but it could hardly be said to reflect the will of the people, as the Japanese media has left it virtually unreported, and the government has made zero effort to keep the public informed. Most people who hear about ACTA and what it'll do join our campaign, but the wall of public ignorance and apathy can only be chipped away at slowly. We didn't succeed in convincing politicians to abandon ACTA. So, now our rally is going to have to be about demonstrating our anger at this decision. On September 9th, 12:40pm, Anonymous Japan and other anti-ACTA, anti-TPP, and anti Download Law campaigners are holding a march. We will start at the Nakasaiwai Gate of Hibiya Park, passing through Ginza and downtown Tokyo. This is not the end. This is just the beginning, and I hope the Japanese government is expecting us.