• By The Financial District


Less than a month before the swearing-in ceremony in Washington for US President-elect Joe Biden, hundreds of Japanese, including adherents of the QAnon conspiracy theory, are taking to the streets in support of President Donald Trump's evidence-free claim that he won the election, Kyodo news agency reported.

"Stop biased reporting" and "Admit (the US. presidential election) was rigged" were among slogans shouted in unison by more than 200 Trump supporters during a rally held at Hibiya Park in central Tokyo in late November.

Some of them were speaking in Chinese, saying, "Trump is the only person who can resist (Chinese) President Xi Jinping." Trump lost by nearly 8 million votes to Joe Biden and he has not presented a single piece of evidence that the election was rigged.

For this reason, his campaign lost 60 lawsuits in US courts, the worst record for any presidential campaign after 1776. Professional health experts have suggested that Trump be examined.

The Trump supporters in Japan continued organizing events during the holiday season, with a group that calls itself "people who love President Trump" holding a rally outside the prime minister's office in Tokyo on the night of Christmas Eve.

One participant was dressed as Santa Claus and others were wearing red "Make America Great Again" caps. QAnon, a pro-Trump internet conspiracy theory, is still thriving and said to have garnered followers in more than 70 countries.

Seven QAnon adherents in Japan, including a self-employed person and a delivery service worker, spoke with Kyodo News on condition of anonymity in mid-December. Although none of them took part in the Hibiya Park rally, they said they consider themselves "journalists protecting freedom of speech."

"Society is under the control of a small number of elite people," said a woman in her 50s who lives in Gunma Prefecture, eastern Japan. "Middle-aged women who have been oppressed have woken up to it," she added.

A man in his 40s said he believes Trump will eventually prevail. "It's possible that big information, which could overthrow (the election outcome), will come out," he said. They said the number of QAnon adherents has grown in Japan this year and stands at more than 100 people at present.