Japan

A Lifetime opposing the US military

by Eliza Egret and Tom Anderson

There are eighty of us sitting down, linking arms, blocking the gates of a US military base. Private security guards are lined up behind us, while men in uniform film us from behind barbed-wire fences. Suddenly, Japanese police officers pile out of their vans in their dozens.

How to Strangle Anarchists

An account of the Amakasu Incident where Ito Noe, Ōsugi Sakae, and their six-year old nephew where murdered by police lieutenant Amakasu Masahiko, during the Great Kanto Earthquake.

Fukushima Mon Amour

Fukushima Mon Amour - Daniel de Roulet

Four literary and political essays on the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster of March 11, 2011, following the earthquake and tsunami that struck the northeastern coast of Honshu, Japan.

Anarchism in Korea: independence, transnationalism, and the question of national development, 1919-1984

Korean anarchists, early 20th century

A regional and transnational history of anarchism in Korea by Dongyoun Hwang. This book provides a history of anarchism in Korea and challenges conventional views of Korean anarchism as merely part of nationalist ideology, situating the study within a wider East Asian regional context.

1921: The Mitsubishi-Kawasaki Strike

A dissertation about the largest strike in pre WWII Japanese history by workers at the port of Kobe. The strike was an attempt by the workers to supplant the authority of management and secure their own autonomy. The text also covers the industrialisation of Japan and the early development of the Japanese labour movement.

The Chain Factory - Osugi Sakae

A short story about society and its effects on people and how it can be resisted

Hiroshima: The atomic hecatomb

Ground zero of the Hiroshima explosion

Letter from a Japanese anarchist about the Hiroshima bombing, and the response of self-organisation and mutual aid from the local population following the explosion.

Lovable Anarchism: Campus Protest in Japan From the 1990s to Today

Kyoto Students occupy clock tower

A paper documenting several examples of recent protests by students and university employees on campuses in Japan following a period of privatisations and a move towards short term contracts.

Production control in Japan

Post-war Japan saw a major strike wave. Due to shortages of nearly all necessities, some of the strikes took the form of 'production control' where workers occupied workplaces and continued production to meet direct needs.

Japan's wartime use of colonial labour: Taiwan and Korea (1937-45)

A thesis detailing the extent of the exploitation of colonial labourers of Taiwanese and Korean origin as Japan mobilised for war, the conditions of the workers and their resistance.