Monthly Archives: February 2018

Revival of Blind Touch, Yōji Sakate play inspired by Fumiaki and Akiko Hoshino

Yōji Sakate’s Blind Touch, the play inspired by the real-life story of Fumiaki and Akiko Hoshino, will be revived in a production directed by the author at The Suzunari, a leading fringe theatre in Shimokitazawa, from 19 March to 1 … Continue reading

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Tokyo District Court judges enter Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department headquarters to demand evidence in Zengakuren assault lawsuit

There has been an interesting and surprising development in the lawsuit that veteran student leftist group Zengakuren has brought against officers of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department. As previously reported, Zengakuren launched the lawsuit in late 2016 after activists were … Continue reading

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Kyoto University students protest closure of Yoshida Dormitory and restrictions on campus signboards

When Kyoto University announced on 19 December 2017 that the famously ramshackle Yoshida Dormitory could no longer accept tenants and that current occupants must vacate the facility by the end of September 2018, it raised many eyebrows among nostalgists who … Continue reading

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Republican activists launch petition opposed to regnal year and emperor era system

Activists opposed to the emperor system in Japan have launched a petition calling for the abolition of regnal years (in Japanese, gengō or nengō). Japan uses two systems to indicate the year: the Gregorian calendar and an era name system … Continue reading

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Kakuhidō declares war on Valentine’s Day in Japan (again)

As reliable as the queues eagerly lining up to buy chocolates in Tokyo’s department stores, so it comes every year: the protest march by Kakumeiteki Himote Dōmei (Revolutionary League of Men Unpopular with Women), shortened to Kakuhidō, against the tyranny … Continue reading

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