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Three Japanese Anarchists: Kotoku, Osugi and Yamaga
"Three Japanese Anarchists: Kotoku, Osugi and Yamaga
Victor Garcia

Victor Garcia, a Spanish militant, (sometimes known as 'the Marco Polo of Anarchism' for the length and breadth of his travels) tells the story of three of the major figures of Japanese anarchism, and through them, of Japan's hidden radical history.

Denjiru Kotoku was executed with 12 other anarchists in 1911 on trumped up charges of plotting a non-existent ‘Great Revolt’. Sakai Osugi was murdered by the Japanese army in 1923. Taiji Yamaga, the only one of the three to survive into old age, died of natural causes in 1970.

The foregoing makes it clear that to have been an anarchist in this period of Japanese history meant a probable early death, either at the hands of the state, or by suicide as an alternative to long years in the Mikado’s dungeons. This is amply highlighted in this pamphlet, which catalogues many other anarchist activists and their activities.

The author, Victor Garcia, described on the back cover as ‘the anarchist Marco Polo’ originally published this piece in Caracas, Venezuela. The Spanish original then is probably the source of the somewhat old fashioned tinge to the text. Nevertheless, this is a small price to pay for seeing material such as this."

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2000  anarchism  japan  denjirukotoku  sakaiosugi  taijiyamaga  victorgarcia 
december 2015 by robertogreco

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