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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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Former far-left radical Yukiko Ekita faces backlash over release of children’s book

When Yukiko Ekita, a former member of the East Asia Anti-Japan Armed Front and Japanese Red Army, was released from prison in March this year, it was the most prominent example of a far-left radical walking free in Japan for … Continue reading

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Veteran Narita Airport protest leader Kōji Kitahara dies, aged 95

Kōji Kitahara, the Narita Airport protest leader, has died, aged 95. He passed away in the afternoon of August 9th in a hospital in Tomisato, Chiba. A farmer and landowner, Kitahara was the official head of the Sanrizuka-Shibayama United Opposition … Continue reading

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Police arrest Kakurōkyō activist over mortar attack on United States Air Force base in 2013

Police have announced the arrest of an alleged member of the radical far-left group Kakurōkyō over a projectile attack at Yokota Air Base, a United States military facility in west Tokyo, in 2013. The 65-year-old Toyotsuna Numata was arrested, Tokyo … Continue reading

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