Monthly Archives: Jun 2014

Self-immolation and suicide as protest in Japan

Many in Japan were shocked by the attempted suicide by self-immolation of a middle-aged protester in Shinjuku on 29 June. On a weekend full of liberal and leftist demonstrations against the imminent passing of the government’s controversial collective self-defence law … Continue reading

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Sukiya’s part-time fast-food workers make a beef about labour conditions

Workers at the Japanese fast-food restaurant chain Sukiya went on an unofficial strike in May in protest over poor working conditions. Sukiya has been on a push to cut costs by operating branches for night shifts with a single worker, … Continue reading

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Carnivals, Creatures and Calendars: Historical Rabbles and Art in Japan

While helping a colleague research and write an article about egoyomi (Japanese picture calendars) earlier this year, we came across an example that I thought looked familiar. On closer observation I could see it was a depiction of the ee … Continue reading

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