Posts Tagged ‘Japan’
Thursday, July 26th, 2018
The former Japanese Red Army activist Tsutomu Shirosaki has launched an appeal against his conviction for attempted murder.
He was found guilty in a trial at Tokyo District Court related to a May 1986 attack in Jakarta that saw a series of mortars hit the Japanese and United States embassies, though none caused injury or significant damage.
Now aged 70, Shirosaki was given a 12-year sentence in November 2016 at the conclusion of the trial, the first of a far-left activist in Japan for terrorism-related crimes for many years and the first to involve lay judges. Witnesses included the film director and former Japanese Red Army member Masao Adachi.
Notwithstanding the high-profile nature of the trial, the prosecution was undermined by its poor handling of Indonesian witness testimony. As reported in the media at the time, the court translation contained notable errors. These are a key part of Shirosaki’s appeal, which had its hearing on July 18th. (more…)
Tags: Anti-Imperialist International Brigade (AIIB), Indonesia, Japan, Japanese Red Army, Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), Tokyo, Trial, Tsutomu Shirosaki
Posted in Prison Struggle
Tuesday, November 29th, 2016
Alleged Japanese Red Army member Tsutomu Shirosaki has been found guilty in his trial over the May 1986 mortar attack on the Japanese embassy in Jakarta. The Tokyo District Court today handed down a 12-year sentence for the attack, in which two projectiles were launched from a hotel room but failed to cause injury or extensive damage.
Shirosaki was deported to Japan in February 2015, having serving 18 years in prison in America for an attack on the US embassy during the same incident. He was then arrested at Narita Airport and his trial for attempted murder began in September, concluding on November 1st.
Shirosaki was a veteran of Sekigun-ha (Red Army Faction), the far-left domestic group out of which the JRA partly emerged. He was arrested in 1971 for bank robbery (Sekigun-ha carried out a successful bank robbery campaign to raise funds) but freed in October 1977 when the JRA hijacked a plane, forced it to land in Dhaka and demanded the release of various prisoners in Japan. He was later re-arrested in Nepal in 1996 by local authorities in co-operation with the FBI. (more…)
Friday, January 22nd, 2016
On January 18th, police raided a small apartment in Kita ward in Tokyo, where they uncovered hints on the whereabouts of Masaaki Ōsaka. Now aged 66, Ōsaka was an activist in the far-left radical group Chūkaku-ha and is named as a suspect in the death of a police officer during a riot in Shibuya 45 years ago.
Police announced that the apartment was a Chūkaku-ha ajito, or secret base, and that they believe Ōsaka is had been living there until a few years ago. This is the first known raid on a place where he is suspected to have resided. Ōsaka has been on the lam the longest among the most-wanted fugitives in Japan. His image remains a common sight on wanted posters at police substations, especially in Tokyo.
Police perennially make announcements about Ōsaka as they find the crumbs left behind on his fugitive trail. In 2012, an ajito was exposed in Tachikawa City, west Tokyo, and items seized from it revealed possibilities that Ōsaka was hiding out somewhere in Kita ward. (more…)
Tuesday, January 19th, 2016
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. (more…)
Friday, February 20th, 2015
Tsutomu Shirosaki, 67, is a Japanese national who was imprisoned as a political prisoner in the United States. He was accused of being a member of the Japanese Red Army and participating in several attacks, including a mortar attack against a U.S. embassy. Shirosaki was freed on 16 January 2015, and the U.S. Justice Department had been taking procedures to deport him to Japan, which has long wanted him for arrest. Tokyo police arrested Shirosaki immediately when he arrived today at Narita airport, as the Japanese State wants to get revenge for the legacy of the Japanese Red Army and to punish Shirosaki for his claim of responsibility of joining the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine when he was in Lebanon.
Tsutomu Shirosaki was born in 1947 in central Japan. In the 1960s, he went to Tokyo University, where he received a degree in engineering. It was during his college years, where Tsutomu began participating in the student movement, embracing a more left-wing philosophy. By the 1970s, Shirosaki participated in various underground activities, including a string of bank and post office robberies. These actions were fund-raising activities for Japanese radical groups. But in 1971, Shirosaki was arrested in Tokyo and sentenced to ten years in prison for an attack on a Bank of Yokohama branch office. (more…)
Tags: Anti-Imperialist International Brigade (AIIB), Japan, Japanese Red Army, Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), Prison Transfer, Repression, Tsutomu Shirosaki, USA
Posted in Prison Struggle
Sunday, September 28th, 2014
Some 16,000 people rallied Tuesday 23/09 in Tokyo against the government’s plan to restart nuclear reactors, more than three years after the Fukushima disaster. It was one of the largest anti-nuclear demonstrations since the state nuclear watchdog on September 10 approved plans to restart two reactors at the Sendai plant in southern Japan.
“Three and a half years has passed since the nuclear accident, but self-examination has yet to be made,” Nobel literature laureate Kenzaburo Oe told the Tokyo rally, according to public broadcaster NHK. “The government is going ahead with the plan to resume operation at the Sendai plant without compiling sufficient anti-disaster plans,” Oe said.
After the rally demonstrators marched through the capital, carrying banners like: “We don’t need nuclear plants”.
As the government tries to convince a skeptical public about the necessity of nuclear power, on Sunday 21/9, new industry minister Yuko Obuchi said the resource-poor nation should be “realistic about its energy needs”. In pre-Fukushima Japan, nuclear power accounted for nearly one-third of the country’s energy needs.
The Nuclear Regulatory Authority has said the two reactors were satisfactory but hurdles still remain, including getting the consent of local communities in a country still scarred by the catastrophe where all 48 viable reactors are offline. Widespread angry anti-government and anti-nuclear sentiment has simmered ever since the earthquake and tsunami in March 2011 caused meltdowns at Fukushima, sparking the worst atomic disaster since Chernobyl.
Tens of thousands of people were evacuated from their homes, many of whom have not been allowed to return. Scientists say some areas might have to be abandoned forever. There have been anti-fascist and anti-government demonstrations taking place, and angry protestors accuse the media and state of hiding the news of them occurring and so trying to stop the people’s rage from being known.
Saturday, August 30th, 2014
The Association for Anarchism Studies in Hiroshima decided at the ‘August 6th Gathering’ [date of the atomic-bombing in that city] this year to invite a wide range of people with an interest in anarchism from within and without Japan to the ‘August 6th Gathering’ of 2015, as it will be 70 years since the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima and since Japan lost the war.
Welcoming this invitation, the Kansai anarchism studies group has decided to participate in organizing the ‘August 6th Gathering’ along with the Hiroshima anarchism research group, and would like to specifically call out to people with an interest in anarchism outside of Japan.
The Kansai anarchism studies group is accepting applications to the 2015 ‘August 6th Gathering.’ If you would like to participate please contact us by emailing the address below. We are also accepting applications from groups or individuals who are able to participate as co-organizers of this event along with us. (more…)
Tuesday, April 29th, 2014
Photo from the trial of “Giroshin Sha” cell
“Giroshin Sha” (Guillotine Society) was an anarchist – illegalist cell, formed in Japan in 1922. This cell expropriated banks, in order to finance its activities.
“Giroshin Sha” attempted to execute the general Masataro Fukuda twice, who was in the group which was responsible for the assassination of the most prominent anarchist writer of his time in Japan, Osugi Sakae.
At the first attempt, one of Osugi’s former comrades, Kyutaro Wada, shot Fukuda but he only managed to injure him and at the second attempt, a bomb was placed at his house by Genjirop Muraki and Futura, but unfortunately he was not there.
In 1924, the member of “Giroshin Sha” Tetsu Nakahama (among others) attacked the chairman of Kanedo Co. company and was arrested.
In 1925, Nakahama, along with his comrade and also member of “Giroshin Sha” Daijiro Futura, were executed for “anti – governmental actions”, including a bank robbery in 1923 and planning the execution of Prince Hirohito. Kyutaro Wada was sentenced to life imprisonment and he committed suicide in his cell.
The article’s research was conducted by the imprisoned members of C.C.F.
Translated by Inter Arma
Tags: “Giroshin Sha” (Guillotine Society), Attentat, Bank Robbery, Conspiracy of Cells of Fire : Imprisoned Members Cell, Daijiro Futura, General Masataro Fukuda, Genjirop Muraki, Japan, Kyutaro Wada, Osugi Sakae, Tetsu Nakahama
Posted in Cognitive Liberty
Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
325 receives and transmits this message from anarchist comrade Rebel Jill:
* o$aKKKa *brutal history of tennouji park… for further infos
Dec 2003-Feb 2014, there were so many homeless evictions organized by osaka city authorities at tennouji park:
-on a southwest hill area of tennouji park, someone set a fire to a hut on that area. then, tennouji dousyokubutsu park office blamed the homeless residents of the huts/tents to have some responsibility of the arson. after this arson, over 15 homeless persons living their huts/tents were evicted from the hill area by osaka city authorities, also their huts/tents were swept away from this area. The reds’ NPO kamagasaki support organization ignored this eviction in a fuckin’ conspiracy by osaka city authorities. (more…)
Sunday, February 23rd, 2014
325 receives and transmits this report by anarchist comrade Rebel Jill:
On 12 feb 2014, osaka city authorities suddenly set the fences on eastern part of tennouji park, a southern area of osaka city. So, homeless persons spending that area of the park every night were swept away by fuckin’ officers of o$aKKKa city authorities. A homeless old woman living on this area was swept away from this area, and her baggages & blankets were stolen by city officers of osaka city authorities (tennnouji dousyokubutsuen park office), on a day that was so cold.
Around the JR tennouji [train] station, the railway company build a 300 meters tall building like the glass grave named “abeno harukasu”. That glass grave will open on 7 mar 2014, and the building includes department store/hotel for noble persons. So, most of homeless persons living on this area are being swept away. (more…)
Friday, April 12th, 2013
ECO CAMP BACKGROUND
Eco-Camp is an activity organized by Mobile Anarchist School with the help by Local Autonomous Network (LAN) both active in the Philippines. Last April 2012 was the first camping held in Tanay Rizal, Philippines. It was attended by various collectives and individuals totaling around 40 people who participated the various activities and discussions in the camp. The objective of the eco-camp was to discuss the different issues confronting our current society and to find solidarity actions that can help expose and popularize our issues.
After series of activities in 2012, the LAN decided to expand its activities on ecological issues due to concrete manifestation of the crisis impacting the archipelago.
The second eco-camp gathering was organized by LAN and the Mobile Anarchist School in March 2013 to heighten our education campaign and to strengthen the relationship with other affinity groups and build an international network better able to work towards intensifying our impact by making solidarity actions globally. (more…)
Tags: #Occupy, Anti-Nuclear, Black & Green Forum, Deutsche Bank, Food Not Bombs, Fracking, Fukushima, Greece, Indonesia, Japan, Mining, Nuclear Disaster, Philex, Philex Gold, Philex Mining, Philippines, USA, Xtrata Ltd
Posted in Eco Struggle
Thursday, April 11th, 2013
Saluton from fascist ruled o$aKKKa.
Tonight, i heard bloody maggie living in the UK passed away.
One of the most brutal bloody monster’s death might be celebrated by most of the people on this planet, however, still now, other brutal bloody monsters live on this planet. So, la batalo continuos… No pasaran. Thanx. In struggle against the poverty & bastards.
Tuesday, July 10th, 2012
These are the pix of the protest-action against a pro-nuke electric power ltd of Kansai electric power (Kanden) on 27 June 2012, Osaka, a western part of Japanese islands. Polizeis and guards, subjects of Kanden prevented our protest as the “loud & noizy voices”. This pro-nuke bastard named “Kanden” will just carry out their evil way with “ok signs” on 16 June 2012 by Jap government. THEY are just interested in making THEIR bloody money. Ja, this selfish decision by pro-nuke bastards is terrible crime for everyone living on this planet. (more…)
Osaka: Message from anarchist comrade about initiation of Nuclear energy + Appeal for action (Japan)
Thursday, June 21st, 2012
325 receives and transmits:
Japanese pro-nuke bastards drive THEIR nuke power plant.
Comrades & Affinities;
Saluton from osaKKKa, in the western part of the japanese islands. Shamelessly, on 16 jun 2012, at last, fuckin’ “liberal” jap government decided to say “ok” for driving a nuke power plant named “ooi3rd & ooi4th” again. So, kansai electriKKK power ltd is preparing for driving THEIR “safe & economy, and also clean energy” as soon as possible. (about 6 weeks after or less, they will be able to drive ooi3rd/ooi4th) This fuckin’ terrible decision made by the evil organizations of the japanese capitalists (nihon-syoukou-kaigisyo… und so weiter) & jap government, and also so many pro-nuke bastards. THEY always urge kansai electric power ltd (=kanden) to drive the nuke power plants for “stable electric power supplying for their selfish benefits”. (more…)
Friday, March 30th, 2012
325 receives and transmits:
Saluton from Osaka, an western part of Japanese islands.
By the way, right now, I am a dayworker having gotten low incomes. Some of about 3 million low-income Japanese workers like me are facing the fuckin’ evil invitation from the scums of the “Tokyo electric power ltd.” and also Japanese government now! THEY always pick us into the hell. Still now, Japanese capitalists and their subjects urge the nuke-power plants in Japanese islands to generate fuckin’ “clean & economic electric power” again. (especially the “Kansai electric power ltd.” strongly urge their nuke-power plants to generate electoric power again.). (more…)