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Chūkaku-ha crackdown continues as activist arrested for driver licence violation

A suspected member of Chūkaku-ha (Central Core Faction), Yasuyuki Yagi (45), was arrested on April 3rd by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department Public Security Bureau for allegedly making a false entry for the address on his driving licence. When he … Continue reading

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Zengakuren launches lawsuit against Metropolitan Police Department for alleged assault

The student activist group Zengakuren has launched a lawsuit against 15 members of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department after public security officers jostled activists at a two-day rally in early September. Officers from the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department Public Security … Continue reading

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Kumano Dormitory students occupy Kyoto University clock tower hall roof

Life spent monitoring Japanese radicalism and counterculture would be dull if there weren’t high jinks at Kyōdai. And here they are again: students at Kyoto University yesterday occupied the Kyoto University Clock Tower Centennial Hall. On November 25th, students from … Continue reading

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Japanese police harass and assault Zengakuren student activists

Footage has emerged showing apparently unprovoked police brutality against members of the student activist group Zengakuren. While nothing like the recent bodycam scenes we are seeing of officers gunning down unarmed black citizens in the United States, the videos are … Continue reading

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What is it like to be a far-left student activist in Japan?

Back in the bad old days of 2014 I wrote a piece on the Hōsei University student movement for The Japan Times. I had to deal with some skepticism on the part of the editors, due to some extent to … Continue reading

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