Monthly Archives: Oct 2017

The curious disappearance of Kōichi Kishi, leading activist in the Sanrizuka protests

Speak no ill of the dead, as the philosophers say. Haruhiko Daijima’s documentary The Fall of Icarus: Narita Stories about the Sanrizuka protest movement against Narita Airport was released in September. I had rather mixed feelings about the predecessor, The … Continue reading

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Zengakuren goes pop on the election campaign trail in Tokyo

Strange, confusing days in Japanese parliamentary politics. Plus ça change. A snap general election. A new challenger and her impromptu party. The de facto dissolution of the main opposition party, and a breakaway rump party. An op-ed pining, or warning, … Continue reading

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Former Japanese Red Army member Hiroshi Sensui wins lawsuit for compensation over restriction of visitation rights

Former Japanese Red Army member Hiroshi Sensui has won a lawsuit brought against the Japanese government over restrictions on his visitation rights. Sensui, now aged 80, was not denied meetings with seven acquaintances, so they sued for compensation, claiming the … Continue reading

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