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Saturday, February 12, 2011

"Let's fight like in Egypt!" Zengakuren



The Zengakuren (short for Zen-Nihon Gakusei Jichikai Sōrengō, or All-Japan Federation of Student Self-Government Associations) is an umbrella group for communist student bodies, and dates from 1948.

There are five factions within the Zengakuren, all representing rifts throughout the Zengakuren’s history based largely, one presumes, on political stance and strategy.

Today, a group from the Hosei University Cultural League, affiliated with what is perhaps the most radical of the Zengakuren’s factions, the Chukaku faction, was out on the streets of Yotsuya, in front of Jochi (AKA Sophia) University with an anti-war message, and urging participation in an anti-war protest to take place at 1pm on Sunday March 20 2011 at Yoyogi Park.

March 20 will be the 8th anniversary of the start of the Iraq War. Drawing on the recent troubles in Egypt, a prominent message on the pamphlet they were handing out and over the loud hailer was “Let’s fight like in Egypt!”

Zengakuren flier

Zengakuren literature

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  1. A pamphlet with the slogan "Let's fight like in Eqypt" is a shocking message. If it was a poor African country with a dictator as the leader than all is well and fine, but Japan. Come on!!

  2. Japan has never had a proper revolution where the old order - monarchy, ruling elites - were ever overthrown. The Meiji Ishin being just a rearrangement of the ruling classes with industrialization and Westernization tacked on, leading directly to the fascism of the 1930s. Post-war the US U-turn on social change meant the pre-War elites re-established themselves.


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