Tag Archives: Sekigun-ha

English translation of Kōji Takazawa’s landmark book about Yodogō hijackers released in July 2017

A useful resource about one of the most complex and misunderstood areas of the Japanese New Left will finally be available in English. Moreover, though issued by an academic publisher, it will not be prohibitively expensive for the general reader … 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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Alleged Japanese Red Army member Tsutomu Shirosaki found guilty, given 12-year sentence

Alleged Japanese Red Army member Tsutomu Shirosaki has been found guilty in his trial over the May 1986 mortar attack on the Japanese embassy in Jakarta. The Tokyo District Court today handed down a 12-year sentence for the attack, in … 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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Freed by Japanese Red Army in 1977, trial starts for Tsutomu Shirosaki over 1986 Jakarta embassy attacks

The trial of Japanese Red Army associate Tsutomu Shirosaki starts in Tokyo today, September 21st. Shirosaki was deported from the United States in February 2015 and then promptly arrested at Narita Airport. Now aged 68, the veteran far-left activist faces … Continue reading

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