Zengakuren: Japan's revolutionary students


This is an excellent historical introduction to the period of Japanese student radicalism that began after the war in the wake of the increasingly ineffective strategies of the Japanese Communist Party and which culminated in massive social unrest and change around the Japanese school system and society in general.

Submitted by sphinx on May 4, 2009


1. Historical Background
2. Origins of Zengakuren
3. The Anti-Ampo Struggle
4. Ro Struggle
4. The University Problem
5. The University Struggles
6. Kakumaru - Portrait of an Ultra-Radical Group
7. The Future...?
Who's Who in Zengakuren and the Youth Movement in 1969


Tokyo Wolf

15 years 1 month ago

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Submitted by Tokyo Wolf on May 8, 2009

Hey Sphinx

Interesting posts spread over a number of years. Are you following the Hosei University caper at the moment? It's no caper. 94 students arrested over the past 3 years.

In short, Hosei was one of the strongholds of Zengakuren, if not the stronghold ( as I'm sure you are aware). The administration at the uni along with the authorities are trying to drive the revolutionary communists and associated trade unionists out of the institution. They have closed student circles, withdrawn meeting facilities and harassed student "leaders". This has affected non-political circles and the authorities have pissed off regular groups in the uni such as sports circles who are now behind radicals in Zengakuren in their free speech fight. Having said that, there has been a certain amount of manipulation and exaggeration as well as opportunism on the part of Zegakuren who are driven by Chukakuha . They are, however, not wrong in what they are calling for and are definitely being persecuted.

This action at Hosei by the authorities is symptomatic of the government here taking advantage of the war on terror and move towards surveillance societies to mop up any vestiges of left radicalism here - as well as using up unnecessarily assigned budgets. Another, not unconnected occurrence and example of the Japanese authorities hammering down nails that stick up is the new law being proposed by Tokyo Metropolitan governor Shintaro Ishihara to limit street performances etcetera as a means for the police to persecute the anarchist, libertarian and left communists who have taken to imitating UK movements such as Reclaim the Streets of the the 90's in their use of sound trucks and festival type demos. The Freeters union and the Freedom and Survival Coalition along with a loose network of other groups such as NoVox first started using these methods about five years back and have attracted the attention of the cops who don't have much in the way of "subversives" to deal with.

Anyway, below is a message I received from sources on the Hosei shinanigans and the appalling treatment of the arrested students.

I wonder what your take on all this is?

Anyway, I digress. Are you in Tokyo or Osaka? You seem well informed.

Check out the appeal:

Dear Friends,

April 24, 1500 students of Hosei University and from around the
country and workers of Doro-Chiba and other militant unions held a
free speech rally.
Please visit following web sites and see photos.

Six students, including vice president of Federation of Cultural
Clubs, Onda, were arrested. Since March 2006, 94 students have been
arrested in Hosei.

Previous articles on Hosei soapboxers:
Appeal to US workers and students from fighting Japanese students of
Hosei University and ZENGAKUREN:

Free Speech Campaign and Struggle Against G8 Summit
38 arrested in Hosei University:

Violence and torture in jail:

Tokyo Detention Center robs Hosei Students of T-shirts given by US teachers:

In Solidarity

Doro-Chiba Support Committee


15 years 1 month ago

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Submitted by sphinx on May 10, 2009

Tokyo Wolf, I just moved to Tokyo. Still don't have internet and have a ton of people I need to get in touch with. I'd love to touch base with you so hit me up on PM.


14 years 11 months ago

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Submitted by Misunderestimated on June 29, 2009

Looks like it's on-going. From a couple of weeks ago..