japanese parliament attempting to stop shinichi yokoyama from speaking during a controversial 2018 session

Japanese Parliament Trying To Stop Shinichi Yokoyama

Updated Sep 06, 2023 at 11:50AM EDT by Adam.

Added Sep 05, 2023 at 01:19PM EDT by Adam.

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Japanese Parliament Trying To Stop Shinichi Yokoyama refers to a viral image of Japanese parliament members physically attempting to stop Judicial Affairs Committee Chairman Shinichi Yokoyama from calling for a vote on the country's immigration reform bill. The photograph has become a popular reaction image and image macro that is generally used to joke about someone expressing an unpopular opinion or doing something those around them don't want them to do. It arguably best known as a popular 'Would' Reaction Image.


On December 8th, 2018, the Japanese parliament passed a controversial and hotly debated immigration reform bill[1] that allowed foreign workers a path to Japanese citizenship. During the vote, Japan's opposition party leaders attempted to physically stop Judicial Affairs Committee Chairman Shinichi Yokoyama from calling for a vote, leading to a physical altercation between members of the ruling and opposition parties. Photos of the altercation were published in various news outlets (example shown below).


On January 15th, 2019, Redditor /u/starfennec posted what would become the most widely-memed picture of the altercation in /r/AccidentalRenaissance,[2] gaining over 550 points in nearly five years (shown below).

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The image wouldn't begin seeing widespread use as a meme until several years later. Initially, it was used as a reaction image describing situations when a mob of people might surround a person. For example, on May 2nd, 2022, Redditor /u/Christron9990 posted an example, credited to Twitter user @whatshittoyaa (since suspended), with a caption about a hardcore band performing their popular song, gaining over 1,700 points in one year in /r/hardcore (shown below, right).[4] On October 12th, a variation with a caption describing what it's like to smoke Newport cigarettes outside of a methadone clinic was posted to Imgur[3] by user deafkitten (shown below, right).

@whatshittoyaa ... band playing their popular song on stage Me when I light up a Newport at the methadone clinic

The image is arguably most popular as a "Would" reaction image, and is used by people expressing their perceived unpopular opinion that they "would" have sex with a specific person or thing. For example, on December 14th, 2022, Twitter[5] user @AF16001 posted it in response to a tweet by @fuckeduplookingcars, gaining over 190 likes in eight months (shown below, left). On February 21st, 2023, Twitter[6] user @travisa850 posted a variation in response to a deleted tweet, gaining over 30 retweets and 2,000 likes in six months (shown below, right).

f----- up looking cars 113 Rook @AF16001 Replying to @fuckedupcars 6:02 PM - Dec 14, 2022 482 @fuckedupcars Β· Dec 14, 2022 7,415 WOULD ABSOLUTELY WOULD

Various Examples

the entire karaoke room trying to stop me from singing all the words to "ruff ryder's anthem": @spcybois 0000 6666 8883 Nobody: Not a single goddamn soul: Pennywise fans during Bro Hymn: 9 3545 0000 23 FINK My dog whenever she stumbles across something foul on the ground while we're on a walk carbmeup 2,885 Views June 29. via iPhone WOULD Next > ... Eric Covington @covingtown DUCKS WEREN'T EVEN GOING TO BE A THING AND ARE ONLY IN THE GAME BECAUSE OF A TEXT MESSAGE AUTOCORRE- ... 0000 KARAOKE! 75 Strike Lee @BostonJerry LIQUID SWORDS Tom S. @extrasalt513. Apr 2 You're the guy holding the microphone. What did you just say? BostonJerry 00:00

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External References

[1] IEN – Japan OKs Divisive Bill Allowing More Foreign Workers

[2] Reddit – /r/AccidentalRenaissance

[3] Imgur – Meme Dump

[4] Reddit – /r/Hardcore

[5] Twitter – @AF16001

[6] Twitter – Travisa850

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Is this normal? Physically assaulting someone to stop a vote like that? Wouldn't that literally accomplish nothing except making your side look unhinged? And I thought Japan (especially in politics) was super orderly, so I can't imagine this #.#. Like imagine if, in america's congress, someone was proposing a bill, and 20 other senators just ran up and pulled him off the podium for whatever it's worth. Like…isn't that insane? #.#

Anyways, that aside, amazing meme image :3.


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