Japan

Precarious workers and the cyber-homeless - Mayday march in Japan

Internet Café cubicle

There are 2.3 million young casualised and part-time workers in Japan.

Takeshi Yamashita does not look like a homeless person. From his carefully distressed jeans to his casual-cool navy striped T-shirt, he is every bit the trendy Tokyoite. Yet the 26-year-old has been sleeping in a reclining seat in an Internet cafe every night for the past month since he lost his steady office job and his apartment.

1990: Worker insurgency in Osaka

You must help yourself: Neo-liberal geographies and worker insurgency in Osaka.

YOU MUST HELP YOURSELF:
NEO-LIBERAL GEOGRAPHIES AND WORKER INSURGENCY IN OSAKA

"I realize as the train pulls in that the station is on fire. The platform is aflame and below the streets are empty with people running past occasionally. Something is happening. I pick up some rocks and start throwing them at a police line."

-anonymous rioter at Kamagasaki

Notes on an ongoing workplace struggle - Sphinx

An article by Sphinx addressing workplace activity and the potential for organising disparate individuals in a Japanese workplace. The article is distinguished by its acceptance of, and engagement with, real world conditions, and yet is able to maintain a light and transcendent tone. It is also articulates the necessity for workers to establish their own goals.

1. Modern information economy workplaces can be effectively divided between two models. One, the American and European model in which engineers, writers and other employees have separated cubicles, and come together for meetings or collaborative projects. This model maximizes the creativity of the individual worker and the potential for creative intellectual inventorship based on experimentation.

Japan’s worker co-operative movement into the 21st century

Detailed article about the co-operative movement in Japan.

The pace of Japan’s economy is picking up again after more than a decade of stasis. During this long period of economic stagnation, the many personnel practices favoring employees known by the rubric “lifetime employment” have been subjected to increased criticism by pro-investor, neo-liberal voices.

The Depression and the liberation of Kamagasaki (1973-1978)

A pamphlet in Japanese and English about the Kamagasaki area of Osaka.

This pamphlet is presented in PDF format (56mb). We'd welcome OCRed versions of this pamphlet for dial-up and low-bandwidth users in either Japanese and English.

The Depression and the liberation of Kamagasaki (1973-1978)

A pamphlet in Japanese and English about the Kamagasaki area of Osaka.

This pamphlet is presented in PDF format (56mb). We'd welcome OCRed versions of this pamphlet for dial-up and low-bandwidth users in either Japanese and English.

Don't die silent like a Dog

「黙って野たれ死ぬな」船本洲治著作 - 資本主義、帝国主義や日常性活に反対する戦闘的な文集である。船本洲治は1960年代における革命的な労働者で、主に在日韓国人と一緒に活動していて、天皇の訪沖に反対して焼身してしまった。

Don't Die Silent Like a Dog - A collection of militant texts against capitalism, imperialism and everyday life by Funamoto Shuzou.

Shuzou was a revolutionary worker in the 1960s who worked mainly with exploited Koreans and eventually immolated himself in protest of the visit of the emperor to Okinawa. (all text Japanese)

1894-1931: Anarchism in Korea

Tram in Pyongyang, Korea under the Japanese rule, 1930s

A short history of anarchism and the anarchist movement in North and South Korea.

In the 2,000 years of Korean history there arose movements fighting for peasants rights and for national independence. Within these movements there were tendencies that may be seen as forerunners of modern anarchism, in the same way as we might view the Diggers in the English revolution.

1868-2000: Anarchism in Japan

1918 rice riots in Okayama

A history of the once-influential anarchist movement in the Japanese Islands in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Shusui, Kotoko, 1871-1911

A short biography of journalist Kotoku Shusui, who helped introduce anarchism to Japan and was executed for treason.

Kotoku Shusui
Born 4 November or 23 September 1871 - Japan, died 24 January 1911 - Japan