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Upcoming “Tree Hugging” Event In Tokyo Will Protest Controversial (and Wildly Unpopular) Meiji Jingu Redevelopment

On April 9, 2023, protestors convened outside the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building to oppose the planned redevelopment of the culturally and historically significant Jingu Gaien area in central Tokyo. It…

Even In Japan, Bashing Gays Is Not Okay. Behind The Scenes Of The First Sugita Protest

“We don’t need Parliamentarians who ignore human rights” (人権無視する議員はいらない) “Mio Sugita, resign now” (杉田水脈は今すぐ辞めろ) “Silence is death” ˆ(沈黙は死) These were just some of the statements protesters were chanting in unity,…

Japanese rockers sing the truth about post-meltdown Fukushima. Is anyone listening?

"We're living in a material world. A radioactive material world, " jokes the lead singer. "This isn't the future we hoped for." They released their second mini-album "Living in a…

Meet 281: Japan’s Anti-Nuke Lone Ranger turning protest into art

after the accident, 281 wanted to find an outlet for his anger and a way to contribute to the anti-nuclear movement. It was then that he turned to street art.