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Japanese activists denounce increased police oppression after arrest for refusing stop and frisk

Although Japan can appear very safe and there is undeniably little petty crime, the calm exterior masks two key conditions: that Yakuza control over sections of society is rampant and it is likely in part this network of organised crime … Continue reading

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Anti-2020 Tokyo Olympics activists launch lawsuit over eviction of homeless due to New National Stadium construction

Leading figures in the anti-2020 Tokyo Olympics protest movement have launched a lawsuit seeking ¥3.5 million from the Japan Sport Council, Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the state over the forced eviction of homeless people from Meiji Park in April 2016 … Continue reading

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Japanese and Korean activists join together to protest the Olympics in Pyeongchang and Tokyo

Just as the Olympic Movement is an international one, so too are anti-Olympic movements transnational. While the motivations and direct arguments of activists opposing the hosting of a Games in a certain city are often local, or initially local, they … Continue reading

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Activists call on artists to join protests against 2020 Olympics in Tokyo

The idea of the Olympics as a sporting event complemented by culture goes back to Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Games. The Olympic Charter also states that the Olympic Movement is composed of sport, culture and education. … Continue reading

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Two arrests as police oversee closure of Miyashita Park as part of Tokyo Olympics redevelopment

On the morning of March 27th, police and security personnel descended on Miyashita Park to close it in preparation for redevelopment as part of the ongoing urban transformation of Shibuya. In drizzling weather, police kept protestors back while workers started … Continue reading

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