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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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Ribu’s Response to the United Red Army

Ribu’s Response to the United Red Army

Feminist Ethics and the Politics of Violence

(p.139) Chapter Five Ribu’s Response to the United Red Army
Scream from the Shadows

Setsu Shigematsu

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines Ūman ribu’s relationship to the United Red Army (URA), a group considered to be Japan’s most violent domestic underground revolutionary sect. It discusses the approach of one of ribu’s key activist, Tanaka Mitsu, on different manifestations of violence, and demonstrates how Tanaka’s philosophy of liberation involves the principles of contradiction and disorder, contingency, violence, relationality, and eros. The chapter concludes with an examination of Tanaka’s approach to the URA’s female leader, Nagata Hiroko, as a powerful and symbolic refinement of ribu’s intervention during one of Japan’s crucial moments in political history.

Keywords:   Ūman ribu, United Red Army, URA, Japan, Tanaka Mitsu, violence, liberation, Nagata Hiroko

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