Tag Archives: Kumano Dormitory

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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Zengakuren activist arrested for kicking court official, police raid Kyoto University dormitory

On January 29th Kyoto police arrested a member of the Chūkaku-ha Zengakuren student group on suspicion of interfering with the duties of a public official. The 25-year-old Hiroaki Aono from Tōhoku University, a stronghold of the far-left faction, is accused … 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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Chūkaku-ha activists arrested for “confining man for five days”

On May 7th the security police were, as always, watching Zenshinsha, the headquarters of the far-left political group commonly known as Chūkaku-ha. At around 3pm a man appeared on the fifth floor roof and attempted to climb down using the … Continue reading

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