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A curious allergy? Backlash against Aki Okuda at Fuji Rock reveals misunderstanding of political music in Japan

Fuji Rock, one of Japan’s premier music festivals, takes place in Yuzawa, Niigata, from July 22nd to July 24th. This year, Aki Okuda, the de facto leader of soon-to-disband student group SEALDs, was invited to speak at a satellite event … 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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The Changing Shape of Protest in Japan

A self-professed nerd. A tweeting journalist. Good-looking youngsters. And a celebrated academic. Together they are all changing the cosmetic and style of Japanese protest. In an interview published in English by Ignition IT engineer Fukuyuki Murakami declares that he has … Continue reading

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Fukushima documentary “A2-B-C” film distribution cancelled over alleged ties to Chūkaku-ha

Director Ian Thomas Ash held a press conference explaining the controversy over his film’s distribution in Japan. Continue reading

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Send in the Clowns: Absurdity and Japanese Radicalism

Quick, send in the clowns. Don’t bother, they’re here. Stephen Sondheim 1 Since the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11th, 2011 and the resulting Fukushima maelstrom, the western media has frequently reported a spectacle that appears to surprise them: … Continue reading

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