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Ghosts of militant Sanrizuka movement resurrected with unexploded shell found at Narita Airport

The Narita Airport protest movement, or the Sanrizuka struggle, is probably the longest social movement in Japan. Many believe it is consigned to the past, an iconic yet extinguished part of the radical militancy of the 1970s. That is wrong. … Continue reading

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Activists in Japan protest Olympics-focused Israeli arms trade fair held near Tokyo

Anti-Olympics campaigners and other activists gathered yesterday just outside Tokyo to protest against the opening of an Israeli arms and military expo. ISDEF is Israel’s largest international defence and homeland security exhibition. It is happening in Japan at Todoroki Arena … Continue reading

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Shinjuku Station West Gate: Reclaiming Tokyo’s banned plaza as a political space

Over the years I have continued to gravitate back towards the Shinjuku Station West Gate (Nishiguchi) protests, which I believe to be one of the most important yet little-known social movements in Tokyo today. Every Saturday from 5pm to 7pm, … Continue reading

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In sweltering central Tokyo, activists protest 2020 Olympics with march through Shibuya

While Japan combats a record-breaking and deadly heat wave, many are looking ahead to the 2020 Olympics, which will open in Tokyo in exactly two years’ time. The safety of athletes, not to mention the staff, volunteers and spectators, is … Continue reading

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Japanese Red Army activist Tsutomu Shirosaki appeals conviction over terrorist attack in Jakarta

The former Japanese Red Army activist Tsutomu Shirosaki has launched an appeal against his conviction for attempted murder. He was found guilty in a trial at Tokyo District Court related to a May 1986 attack in Jakarta that saw a … Continue reading

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