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Ghosts of militant Sanrizuka movement resurrected with unexploded shell found at Narita Airport

The Narita Airport protest movement, or the Sanrizuka struggle, is probably the longest social movement in Japan. Many believe it is consigned to the past, an iconic yet extinguished part of the radical militancy of the 1970s. That is wrong. … Continue reading

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The curious disappearance of Kōichi Kishi, leading activist in the Sanrizuka protests

Speak no ill of the dead, as the philosophers say. Haruhiko Daijima’s documentary The Fall of Icarus: Narita Stories about the Sanrizuka protest movement against Narita Airport was released in September. I had rather mixed feelings about the predecessor, The … Continue reading

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Veteran Narita Airport protest leader Kōji Kitahara dies, aged 95

Kōji Kitahara, the Narita Airport protest leader, has died, aged 95. He passed away in the afternoon of August 9th in a hospital in Tomisato, Chiba. A farmer and landowner, Kitahara was the official head of the Sanrizuka-Shibayama United Opposition … Continue reading

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Iconic Sanrizuka protest movement “solidarity hut” removed from Narita Airport

If you are lucky, as your plane touches down you may be able to catch a glimpse from your window of a large homemade sign declaring, in Japanese, “Against Narita Airport”. Omotenashi indeed. The protest movement against Narita Airport is … Continue reading

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Funding campaign launched for documentary “The Fall of Icarus”, sequel to “The Wages of Resistance: Narita Stories”

The co-director of The Wages of Resistance: Narita Stories, the 2014 documentary about the anti-Narita Airport protest movement, has launched a fundraising campaign to complete work on a follow-up film. Haruhiko Daijima is hoping to raise ¥3 million for The … Continue reading

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