Tag Archives: Rengo Sekigun

The Japanese Red Army: A Short History out now in German

The Japanese Red Army: A Short History has been published in paperback by the Austria-based Bahoe Books. Though originally broached as a partial German translation of my first book, Dissenting Japan, we eventually shaped the project into a kind of … Continue reading

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Trailer released for feature-length documentary about Red Army activists

The first trailer has appeared for Red Army People (Sekigun no Hitobito), a new feature-length documentary about former activists from Sekigun-ha (Red Army Faction) and related groups. Director Shingō Magome has filmed it over the course of several years as … Continue reading

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Remembering the Asama-sansō Incident, 45 years on

One of my ongoing concerns when researching Japanese radicalism is the question of what happens to activists the morning after the night before: how do they move on, assuming they can? Do they transition to other movements? Or just give … Continue reading

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Stage version of Kōji Wakamatsu film United Red Army coming in 2017

A new stage adaptation of the acclaimed Kōji Wakamatsu film United Red Army (2007) will be produced in Tokyo next year. Running from March 9th to March 22nd at Space Zatsuyu, the ensemble cast of 20 has been chosen from … Continue reading

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Political Comics: Japan Radicalism and New Left Protest Movements Told Through Manga

When the Liberal Democratic Party wanted to produce an educational pamphlet earlier this year about its desire to change the Constitution of Japan, it chose a medium that many in the West might find surprising, even unbecoming, for such a … Continue reading

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