Monthly Archives: Nov 2017

Activists call on artists to join protests against 2020 Olympics in Tokyo

The idea of the Olympics as a sporting event complemented by culture goes back to Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Games. The Olympic Charter also states that the Olympic Movement is composed of sport, culture and education. … Continue reading

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Veteran leftist newspaper Jimmin Shimbun raided by police, publisher arrested for alleged links to fugitive Japanese Red Army member Kōzō Okamoto

Hyōgo police raided the offices of veteran leftist publication Jimmin Shimbun (People’s News) on November 21st, also arresting the head of the publisher on suspicion of fraud. Yōichi Yamada (60) is alleged to have opened a bank account under his … Continue reading

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Former Red Army Faction leader Takaya Shiomi dies, aged 76

Takaya Shiomi, former leader of Sekigun-ha (Red Army Faction), has died aged 76, reported Japanese media today. He passed away from heart failure on November 14th at a hospital in Kodaira, a city in west Tokyo. Born in Hiroshima in … Continue reading

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Protests in Tokyo against President Donald Trump’s first state visit to Japan

Between the round of golf, the much-mocked koi carp fish feeding session, and the meeting with the families of Japanese abductees, President Donald Trump’s presence in Tokyo during his first official state visit also resulted in heightened security measures that … Continue reading

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Police raid far-left group Kakurōkyō sites ahead of Trump visit to Japan

Japanese media reported that the police conducted raids on November 2nd at five sites linked to one of the factions of the far-left radical group Kakurōkyō (Revolutionary Workers). Deliberately timed as a crackdown just ahead of the arrival of President … Continue reading

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