This week: the battle against the construction of a new international airport in Chiba prefecture. Who fought against the airport, why, and how did it all go so very wrong?
Bowen, Rodger Wilson. “The Narita Conflict.” Asian Survey 15, No 7 (July, 1975)
Apter, David E. When Parties Fail: Emerging Alternative Organizations
Apter, David E. Against the State: Politics and Social Protest in Japan.
The Shounen Kodotai (Middle School Action Corps) of the HD.
Tomura Issai, the leader of the HD.
Gear and weapons worn by those who fought against the airport.
Anti-airport protestors clash with police.
It’s not great but this was the best shot I could find of the land clearing battles of 1971.
Opposition against Narita remains; the HD actually still has a website (though it’s very out of date) and you occasionally see signs like this billboard (which says something like “don’t throw us out”).