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A review of Japanese ultra-nationalism mockumentary Go! Go! Second-Time Gaijin

As we approach the end of the Heisei period with the abdication of the current emperor — a situation unprecedented in modern times — we can expect the sound and fury of the ultra-nationalists’ black vans, known as uyoku gaisensha, … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on the SEALDs documentary “About My Liberty”

Although released originally in May, it is timely to catch About My Liberty: SEALDs 2015 now while it continues to play (with English subtitles) at Uplink in Shibuya. Alongside Shimin Rengō (Civil Alliance for Peace and Constitutionalism) and the opposition … Continue reading

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Tell the Prime Minister: Eiji Oguma’s portrait of a changing Tokyo and the anti-nuclear power movement

Thanks to a free screening at Sophia University, I finally got a chance to see Tell the Prime Minister (or Shushō Kantei no Mae de in Japanese, literally, “In Front of the Prime Minister’s Residence”), which has been playing at … Continue reading

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SEALDs publish first book, “Tell Me What Democracy Looks Like?”

The revolution will not be televised, they say, but this one was — and publicised, a lot. And yet, for all the hundreds of thousands who gathered at the Diet and all around Japan over the summer, for all the … Continue reading

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Sion Sono exhibition showcases Tokyo Gagaga 1990’s street performance art

The Japanese film director Sion Sono is currently holding the exhibition “Whispering Star” at Gallery Garter in Kōenji, the new art space run by Chim Pom. Sono, now a highly successful and prolific film-maker, began his career as a poet, … Continue reading

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