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Remembering Ryan Smith, activist and observer of Japanese social movements

Ryan Smith passed away last month. The West Virginia native had lived in Japan since 2008 and, under the tongue-in-cheek moniker Jon Doe, documented various aspects of Japanese social movements through videos he posted on YouTube. According to his Japan … Continue reading

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Protests in Tokyo against President Donald Trump’s first state visit to Japan

Between the round of golf, the much-mocked koi carp fish feeding session, and the meeting with the families of Japanese abductees, President Donald Trump’s presence in Tokyo during his first official state visit also resulted in heightened security measures that … 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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Undercover security police exposed on Kyoto University campus after arrests of Chūkaku-ha activists, officer detained by students

Undercover police made an incursion into Kyoto University today (November 4th), following the arrests of anti-government protestors in Ginza on November 2nd. At around midday students allegedly detained a male plainclothes police officer they exposed on the Yoshida-South Campus. After … Continue reading

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