Tag Archives: Dogakukai

Battle for the Campus: Kyoto University’s war against student activism, pranks and signboards

The activist group Dōgakukai, a branch organisation of the Zengakuren league of student groups, joined other students on 1 December in briefly occupying the roof of the clock tower building at the main Yoshida campus of Kyoto University, which resulted … Continue reading

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Two Zengakuren activists at Kyoto University arrested as police increase pressure on student politics

Police have arrested two activists at Kyoto University linked to far-left group Chūkaku-ha’s student organisation, Zengakuren, after security guards were allegedly touched and kicked during scuffles with activists on campus earlier this year. On October 31st, a 21-year-old fourth-year literature … Continue reading

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Kumano Dormitory students occupy Kyoto University clock tower hall roof

Life spent monitoring Japanese radicalism and counterculture would be dull if there weren’t high jinks at Kyōdai. And here they are again: students at Kyoto University yesterday occupied the Kyoto University Clock Tower Centennial Hall. On November 25th, students from … Continue reading

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Japanese police harass and assault Zengakuren student activists

Footage has emerged showing apparently unprovoked police brutality against members of the student activist group Zengakuren. While nothing like the recent bodycam scenes we are seeing of officers gunning down unarmed black citizens in the United States, the videos are … Continue reading

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Police crack down on Zengakuren, arrest students for “obstructing university classes”

The police crackdown on the far left in Japan continues unabated. Following the two arrests at a Chūkaku-ha apartment (one was later released and another re-arrested) and recent Kakurōkyō raid, as well as numerous arrests and raids in 2015, now … Continue reading

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