Tag Archives: Sanrizuka

Nighttime land seizure at Narita Airport sparks fierce protests and memories of the past

On the night of 15 February, a patch of land near one of the runways at Narita Airport was filled with the ranks of riot police facing off against an angry crowd of dozens of residents and activists. With the … Continue reading

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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 KĊichi Kishi, leading activist in the Sanrizuka protests

Speak no ill of the dead, as the philosophers say. Haruhiko Daishima’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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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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Shinsuke Ogawa and Ogawa Pro retrospective at ICA, starts today

“Ogawa Shinsuke and Ogawa Pro: Collective filmmaking and the culture of dissidence” starts today at London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA). Running until December 11th, it is a comprehensive retrospective of the film-making collective Ogawa Pro and its documentation of … Continue reading

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