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Anti-Trump protest targets Japanese banks

Jiji Press

People hold placards to protest Japanese banks’ financing for a crude oil pipeline project backed by U.S. President Donald Trump in New York on Wednesday.

Jiji Press NEW YORK (Jiji Press) — About 50 people staged a rally outside a New York high-rise that houses branches of two major Japanese banks on Wednesday to protest their financing for a crude oil pipeline project backed by U.S. President Donald Trump.

The two banks are Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ and Mizuho Bank. In front of the Manhattan building, participants, including environmental activists, raised banners and placards with messages including “Resist Trump.” They presented the two banks with petitions signed by some 500,000 people seeking to stop their financing for the pipeline project.

On Jan. 24, Trump signed executive orders to push ahead with two crude oil pipeline construction projects that had been rejected by the administration of his predecessor, Barack Obama, to protect the environment.

Of the two, the Dakota Access Pipeline project in the Midwest has received loans from financial institutions of many countries, including the three Japanese megabanks — Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Mizuho Bank and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp.Speech

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