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Scream from the ShadowsThe Women's Liberation Movement in Japan$
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Setsu Shigematsu

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816667581

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816667581.001.0001

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Lineages of the Left

Lineages of the Left

Death and Reincarnation of a Revolutionary Ideal

Chapter:
(p.33) Chapter Two Lineages of the Left
Source:
Scream from the Shadows
Author(s):

Setsu Shigematsu

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816667581.003.0002

This chapter focuses on the deaths of Kanba Michiko, Tokoro Mitsuko, and Kaneko Michiyo, which marked the turbulent years of the Japanese movement “New Left”. It analyzes the deep contradictions and violent repression of the 1960s and 1970s that gave rise to the new women’s movement Ūman ribu. Kanba Michiko died during the 1960 massive protests against the renewal of the U.S.-Japan Mutual Cooperation and Security Treaty, while the death of Tokyo University student Tokoro Mitsuko foreshadowed the beginning of the Zenkyōtō student movement in 1968. In 1972, Kaneko Michiyo of the United Red Army (URA) was murdered as a result of a misconceived revolutionary plan.

Keywords:   Ūman ribu, Kanba Michiko, Tokoro Mitsuko, Kaneko Michiyo, New Left, U.S.-Japan Mutual Cooperation and Security Treaty, Zenkyōtō student movement, United Red Army, URA

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