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Photographers on contemporary protest and social movements in Japan

In teaching us a new visual code, photographs alter and enlarge our notions of what is worth looking at and what we have a right to observe. They are a grammar and, even more importantly, an ethics of seeing. Finally, … Continue reading

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Yokohama court upholds civil right to hold political flash mobs in Japan

Welcome to Kanagawa, Music and food for twenty yen Music and food Welcome! Welcome to Kanagawa! Music and food and company! Music and food Welcome! Stephen Sondheim, Pacific Overtures Rejoice, because it’s now legal to mob in Kanagawa. In a … Continue reading

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Abe’s government must not be tolerated: On political slogans in recent Japanese protest movements

“Revolution is not a dinner party,” as Mao said, nor is it just a political slogan. But having one certainly helps. While they lack the finesse or depth of a treatise or manifesto, few would deny that political and social … Continue reading

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A curious allergy? Backlash against Aki Okuda at Fuji Rock reveals misunderstanding of political music in Japan

Fuji Rock, one of Japan’s premier music festivals, takes place in Yuzawa, Niigata, from July 22nd to July 24th. This year, Aki Okuda, the de facto leader of soon-to-disband student group SEALDs, was invited to speak at a satellite event … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on the SEALDs documentary “About My Liberty”

Although released originally in May, it is timely to catch About My Liberty: SEALDs 2015 now while it continues to play (with English subtitles) at Uplink in Shibuya. Alongside Shimin Rengō (Civil Alliance for Peace and Constitutionalism) and the opposition … Continue reading

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