The Japanese Communist Party Has Been a Vital Presence in Japan’s Politics / by Kenji Hasegawa

Secretary General of the Japanese Communist Party Kyuichi Tokuda addresses Japanese soldiers, repatriated after World War II, in Tokyo, Japan, on July 6, 1949. (PhotoQuest / Getty Images) Originally published in Jacobin, July 15, 2022 The Japanese Communist Party turns 100 today. Its activists challenged the authoritarian emperor system of prewar Japan, and it remainsContinue reading “The Japanese Communist Party Has Been a Vital Presence in Japan’s Politics / by Kenji Hasegawa”

US wants to surround China with missiles – but can’t find Asian country to host them / by Benjamin Norton

US Army ballistic missiles The United States plans to spend billions of dollars to surround China with missiles. But a US military-sponsored study concluded its Pacific allies South Korea, Japan, the Philippines, Thailand, and Australia are unlikely to host the offensive weapons. The United States plans to spend tens of billions of dollars to surroundContinue reading “US wants to surround China with missiles – but can’t find Asian country to host them / by Benjamin Norton”

At Tokyo Pride, Japanese Communist Party pledges fight for LGBTQ equality law / by Shimbun Akahata

Shii Kazuo, chair of the Japanese Communist Party, addresses a rally at the Tokyo Rainbow Pride 2022 Festival. | via JCP TOKYO—Calling for creating a society where sexual minorities, including LGBTQ people, can positively live as themselves, the Tokyo Rainbow Pride 2022 festival took place April 22-24 in Tokyo’s Yoyogi Park under COVID-19 restrictions whichContinue reading “At Tokyo Pride, Japanese Communist Party pledges fight for LGBTQ equality law / by Shimbun Akahata”