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Activists protest eviction of rough sleepers from Shibuya park for 2020 Olympics redevelopment by hijacking construction hoardings

A curious thing happened in March: out of the blue, chatter emerged online about a particular construction hoarding in Shibuya. As work continues on the grand project to transform and further develop what is already one of the most developed … Continue reading

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Campaigners for imprisoned left-wing activist Fumiaki Hoshino hold press conference at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan

Campaigners for the long-imprisoned left-wing activist Fumiaki Hoshino, jailed for the death of a riot police officer at a demonstration in Shibuya in 1971, held a press conference at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan on 15 March. In one … Continue reading

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Zengakuren creates parody TV news report in response to excessive police tactics

On 5 March, police in Hiroshima arrested a 36-year-old male activist linked to the Chūkaku-ha-affiliated Zengakuren student group on suspicion of registering a false address on his driver’s licence. Police allege that the suspect applied to update his licence in … Continue reading

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Preparations for Osaka 2025 World Expo spark local opposition and protests

Patricia G. Steinhoff frequently talks about an “invisible civil society” in Japan: a wide and vibrant swath of social movements, particularly remnants from the radical cycle of protests in the 1960s and 1970s, that are essentially unknown and given little … Continue reading

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Politics and dōjinshi: Zengakuren booth at Comiket sells revolution to otaku

On 31 December, 2018, while much of Japanese society was getting ready to crowd around the TV to watch Kōhaku Uta Gassen that evening on NHK or helping out in the kitchen, the scene was quite different in Odaiba, where … Continue reading

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