Brief report about actions that happened in the past few years in Japan
Here is a quick overview of some armed attacks and social turbulence in Japan over the past few years. There must be many things missing, but for the sake that this news below doesn’t make it through the translation and information void, and to spread black anarchy, the following could be interesting reading…
14 January 2016, Okinawa – 380 demonstrators blockade police outside the site of a proposed new U.S. military base. The United States aims to relocate Futenma U.S. base in Okinawa to Henoko Bay, Nago, which is bitterly contested by locals and environmentalists. 50,000 U.S. service personnel and their families are based in Japan. The United States have never ended their occupation since the horrific atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and subsequent invasion at the end of World War 2. Many people in Japan and especially Okinawa, where the bulk of U.S. troops are based, resent their presence and want them to leave. Many people in Japan are against the expansion of Japan’s Self-Defence forces and increasingly militarist and security-orientated policies.
9 April 2015, Tokyo – A drone carrying a container of radioactive sand from the devastated area of Fukushima, the ‘Chernobyl’ of this generation, is landed on the roof of the home of the Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Eco-activist Yasuo Yamamoto took responsibility for the action and handed himself into the police. Yamamoto, of Fukui prefecture, was protesting the decisions of the government to restart Japan’s 48 nuclear power facilities, a quarter of which are found in Fukui. The large region still struck by the radioactive toxicity was declared by the government to be uninhabitable until at least 30 years, when they said they will begin plans for the area. There had been many angry anti-nuclear demonstrations and protests since the Fukushima incident in Japan.
28 April 2015, Zama, Kanagawa prefecture – A small mortar attack was launched at Camp Zama, an US army base in Kanagawa Prefecture, in the early hours of April 28th. A group calling itself the Revolutionary Army has now claimed responsibility for the incident with a declaration that reached press outlets by May 4th. Two iron pipes were found planted in the ground around 800 metres from the base and aimed at Camp Zama. These were likely used to launch the small projectiles that locals reported hearing explode. The timing of the attack was surely meant as a protest at the Prime Minister’s much-publicized visit to America. Revolutionary Army is a previously unknown group which emerged very recently, which is part of the armed anti-capitalist continuity in Japan. The group was initially declared by police to be a so-called “black helmet” group, i.e anarchist, non-sectarian and independent of existing left-radical factions in Japan, which usually claim their actions for their sect. Police now maintain the narrative that they believe New-Left group Kurōkyō (Revolutionary Workers) to be behind the attacks.
24 September 2015, Tokyo – 50 riot police raid Gendaisha, centre of Kurōkyō in Suginami ward. The cops were forced to cut through barricades to gain access, they were seeking to make a media spectacle with the journalists and television stations following them after three arrested protestors detained at recent demos against the passing of a series of repressive security bills at the Japanese parliament that month were members of Kakurōkyō. The far-left Japanese Marxist faction is one of the remaining splinters of the Shaseidō Kaihō-ha, a group originally linked to the Socialist Party that later turned radical in the second half of the 1960’s. It then split in subsequent decades, sometimes violently, and was involved in a prolonged conflict at Meiji University in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s that left several dead. The police raided the headquarters of the so-called “Mainstream Faction”, also known as Hazama-ha or Gendaisha-ha. Kakurōkyō has also been accused of paramilitary activities over the years, including a bombing at a police dormitory that left one dead. While some of these attacks date back to the 1980’s, police allege that the Kimoto-ha (or Sekisaisha-ha) faction, which broke away from Hazama-ha in 1999, was behind much more recent mortar attacks on US military facilities, such as the one at Camp Zama in April this year.
24 September 2015, Tokyo – In the afternoon there was also a raid on Libertine, a shared house for left-wing student activists in the Ikebukuro area. One of the students arrested at the Diet [Japanese parliament] was part of a hunger strike protest and reportedly a regular at Libertine, prompting the police to search the property. They confiscated six items. Libertine has been raided twice before, though this was apparently the first that the security police entered through the window. Police view it as an ajito (secret base) for a far-left faction.
20 October 2014, Kawaguchi City, Tokyo – Rocket attack against a construction company involved with the controversial US base relocation in Okinawa. The attack was claimed by Revolutionary Army. The homemade rocket hit the wall of a construction company linked to the controversial plans which have been intensely protested by thousands of locals. The company, unnamed in media reports, has been involved with surveys of the site. On the third floor stairwell of a condo police found a 50cm pipe, the remains of equipment for launching a projectile. A homemade metal rocket (mortar) had been fired and struck the wall of a neighboring corporate building between the second and third stories. There were no injuries.
28 November 2013, Tokyo – Yokota U.S. Air Force base in Tokyo, home to one of the bases of the United State military in their long running occupation of Japan is attacked with an improvised twin rocket launcher at 11.30pm. The weapon consisted of two metal tubes dug into the ground, with their upper ends pointing towards the base, connected to a simple timing device. There were no injuries when the rockets struck the base.
Info taken from corporate media & throwoutyourbooks.wordpress.com, blog about Japanese radicalism and counter-culture…
This entry was posted on Tuesday, January 19th, 2016 at 1:43 pm and is filed under Autonomy.