Tag Archives: Fumiaki Hoshino

Japanese police announce large reward for information on far-left radical, wanted over 1971 murder of police officer

It may well be a crime dating back 45 years, but Japanese police are doggedly determined to get their man. On October 31st, the National Police Agency announced an unprecedented reward of up to ¥3 million for any information pertaining … Continue reading

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Police raid Chūkaku-ha base over long-time Shibuya riot fugitive, arrest two

On January 18th, police raided a small apartment in Kita ward in Tokyo, where they uncovered hints on the whereabouts of Masaaki Ōsaka. Now aged 66, Ōsaka was an activist in the far-left radical group Chūkaku-ha and is named as … Continue reading

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Updates on the Free Fumiaki Hoshino Campaign

There have been some updates on the campaign to free Fumiaki Hoshino from his decades behind bars. Hoshino was a Chūkaku-ha activist who is currently serving a full life sentence for his alleged part in the death of a riot … Continue reading

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Fumiaki Hoshino: The Unknown Revolutionary

This is a story that takes in the whole of Japan. Despite being one of the longest-serving political prisoners in the world, the protagonist is astoundingly little known in his own country. It begins on the northern island of Hokkaido … Continue reading

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The Skeleton in the Closet

The Japanese police have a long memory. Take a look at the wanted posters in your local kōban and you are face-to-face with a gallery of skewered, ugly faces, almost always male, punctuated by the occasional piece of paper shoddily … Continue reading

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