Tag Archives: Ultra-nationalism

Anti-emperor protest in Kichijōji, west Tokyo, draws ultra-nationalist anger

Kichijōji is a placid, well-to-do area in one of the wealthier suburbs of west Tokyo. It remains best known for its expansive park and Studio Ghibli museum. But one Sunday afternoon, as couples and families gathered to enjoy the autumn … Continue reading

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Anti-nuclear power protest tents in Tokyo attacked by far-right group

On August 14th, members of Japan’s ultra Right targeted the anti-nuclear power protest tents that have stood for nearly five years outside the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) in Kasumigaseki, the government district in central Tokyo. The “attack”, … Continue reading

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Go! Go! Second Time Gaijin: A mockumentary about Japanese ultra-nationalists

A gaijin uyoku?! Surely a contradiction in terms, right? (That is, unless you believe the rumours that the ranks of ultra-nationalist groups are actually filled with Japanese of Korean descent.) But Go! Go! Second Time Gaijin is about just that: … Continue reading

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August 15th, Yasukuni Shrine

You know it’s August 15th when as soon as you pass through the ticket barriers at Kudanshita Station on the Tokyo Metro — while still underground inside the station — you see a member of the riot police on duty. … Continue reading

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Send in the Clowns: Absurdity and Japanese Radicalism

Quick, send in the clowns. Don’t bother, they’re here. Stephen Sondheim 1 Since the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11th, 2011 and the resulting Fukushima maelstrom, the western media has frequently reported a spectacle that appears to surprise them: … Continue reading

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