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Activists alarmed by Shinjuku ward move to restrict parks for protests

Shinjuku ward in Tokyo revealed a plan on 27 June to reduce the number of parks that demonstrations can use from the current four to just one. The move was initiated as a move to combat hate speech rallies, which … Continue reading

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The Japanese Red Army: A Short History out now in German

The Japanese Red Army: A Short History has been published in paperback by the Austria-based Bahoe Books. Though originally broached as a partial German translation of my first book, Dissenting Japan, we eventually shaped the project into a kind of … Continue reading

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Activists denounce Tokyo Anti-Nuisance Ordinance revision as curbing right to protest

The Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly has passed an update to the Tokyo Anti-Nuisance Ordinance that, activists say, will potentially muzzle protests and free speech, and strengthen police powers over civil liberties. The revision, which was voted through on 29 March and … Continue reading

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Trailer released for feature-length documentary about Red Army activists

The first trailer has appeared for Red Army People (Sekigun no Hitobito), a new feature-length documentary about former activists from Sekigun-ha (Red Army Faction) and related groups. Director Shingō Magome has filmed it over the course of several years as … Continue reading

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New academic year begins with student activists and Hōsei University staff clashing at campus entrance

In Japan, April is far from the cruellest month and perhaps rather the most optimistic, not least because it heralds the cherry blossom and the start of the new fiscal and academic year. I recently had the somewhat unnerving experience … Continue reading

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