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Arrests and raids during police crackdown on New Left radicals ahead of Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement ceremony

Ahead of Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement ceremony on 22 October, Japanese police have raided sites connected with two major left-wing groups and made arrests. On 2 October, Tokyo Metropolitan Police and Saitama Prefectural Police carried out a raid on Zenshinsha, the … Continue reading

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Left-wing political activist Fumiaki Hoshino passes away after nearly 44 years behind bars

The left-wing political activist Fumiaki Hoshino passed away on 30 May at the age of 73. Regarded by some as a political prisoner, Hoshino was recently revealed to have liver cancer and moved suddenly — and without advance notification to … Continue reading

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Campaigners for imprisoned left-wing activist Fumiaki Hoshino hold press conference at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan

Campaigners for the long-imprisoned left-wing activist Fumiaki Hoshino, jailed for the death of a riot police officer at a demonstration in Shibuya in 1971, held a press conference at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan on 15 March. In one … Continue reading

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Zengakuren creates parody TV news report in response to excessive police tactics

On 5 March, police in Hiroshima arrested a 36-year-old male activist linked to the Chūkaku-ha-affiliated Zengakuren student group on suspicion of registering a false address on his driver’s licence. Police allege that the suspect applied to update his licence in … Continue reading

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Politics and dōjinshi: Zengakuren booth at Comiket sells revolution to otaku

On 31 December, 2018, while much of Japanese society was getting ready to crowd around the TV to watch Kōhaku Uta Gassen that evening on NHK or helping out in the kitchen, the scene was quite different in Odaiba, where … Continue reading

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