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Policing Protest: “Restrictions on Street Demonstrations in Japan”

Friday, February 10, 2012   19:30 - 21:00

  • Norikazu Kawagishi
  • Lawrence Repeta

2011 was the year of the “Arab Spring,” “Occupy Wall Street” and other mass demonstrations and new protest movements that arose in various corners of the globe. What about Japan? Victims of a weak economy, the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl and other woes, the Japanese people have good reason to protest against the political status quo. And they have. A mass anti-nuclear protest on September 11 (led by Nobel Prize winner Oe Kenzaburo and other well-known figures) was reported to draw 60,000 people and there have been numerous smaller street protests against nuclear power and other issues. But compared to demonstrations in the United States and Europe, Japanese protests have been tiny, quiet and short-lived. Why is this so? Are the Japanese people satisfied with conditions as they are? Are they apathetic? Are street demonstrations limited by strict permitting systems and aggressive police tactics? Our speakers will discuss how law is applied to regulate street demonstrations in Japan and in the United States.

Date & Time:
Friday, February 10, 2012   19:30 - 21:00 (Doors open at 19:00)
2F, Azabu Hall
Temple University, Japan Campus
2-8-12 Minami Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Kyle Cleveland (ICAS Associate Director)
If possible, we ask you to register by E-mail (icas@tuj.temple.edu) , but we always welcome participants even you do not register. / 参加登録はなしでも参加できますので、直接会場へお越しください。


Norikazu Kawagishi

Lawrence Repeta