Monthly Archives: November 2014

What’s been happening? A radical two weeks in Japan

There is a lot of information and misinformation floating around the interwebs, much of it sourced from the same news wire articles, so I thought it might be beneficial to write a summary of what’s been happening. November 2nd: during … Continue reading

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Police raid Chūkaku-ha headquarters, Zenshinsha

The renewed conflict between far-left group Kakukyōdō (usually known as Chūkaku-ha) and police continues. Following the arrests of three activists on a demo march after a 5,700-strong rally by a labour union associated with the group on November 2nd, a … Continue reading

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Undercover security police exposed on Kyoto University campus after arrests of Chūkaku-ha activists, officer detained by students

Undercover police made an incursion into Kyoto University today (November 4th), following the arrests of anti-government protestors in Ginza on November 2nd. At around midday students allegedly detained a male plainclothes police officer they exposed on the Yoshida-South Campus. After … Continue reading

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Ghosts of the Radical Past in the Toshima and Shinjuku Landscape

In The Move, playwright and novelist Minoru Betsuyaku, the Japanese Samuel Beckett, displayed his typical eye for the absurdity underlying the state of the nation. The play, which premiered in 1973, depicts an unnamed family constantly in motion, inexplicably forever … Continue reading

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