Monthly Archives: April 2017

Freedom of assembly in Japan under threat as protests against nuclear power and Constitutional change blocked

Article 21 of Constitution of Japan reads as follows: Freedom of assembly and association as well as speech, press and all other forms of expression are guaranteed. No censorship shall be maintained, nor shall the secrecy of any means of … Continue reading

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English translation of Kōji Takazawa’s landmark book about Yodogō hijackers released in July 2017

A useful resource about one of the most complex and misunderstood areas of the Japanese New Left will finally be available in English. Moreover, though issued by an academic publisher, it will not be prohibitively expensive for the general reader … Continue reading

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Counter-protest cleans up trash (and hate speech) in Tokyo

In the post-digital world perhaps the greatest accolade is that of “going viral”. We trawl our screens in a desperate daily search for the latest photo or video to bear that badge. One of the latest is the image of … Continue reading

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Chūkaku-ha crackdown continues as activist arrested for driver licence violation

A suspected member of Chūkaku-ha (Central Core Faction), Yasuyuki Yagi (45), was arrested on April 3rd by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department Public Security Bureau for allegedly making a false entry for the address on his driving licence. When he … Continue reading

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