2008年7月 1日 (火)








Japan anti-G8 summit protesters scuffle with police
Sun Jun 29, 5:54 AM ET TOKYO (Reuters)

(6月29日 東京 ロイター通信)

- Anti-G8 summit protesters danced to blaring music and marched down the streets of Tokyo in heavy rain on Sunday, accusing the Group of Eight rich nations of causing poverty and world instability.


The protests, which have become a fixture at Group of Eight summits, came as Japan tightened security ahead of this year's July 7-9 gathering in Hokkaido, northern Japan.
Two separate rallies in the nation's capital gathered over 1,000 people, including anti-capitalists, labor union members and protesters from abroad, such as Spain and South Korea.


Security was heavy with hundreds of anti-riot police guarding the streets as protesters walked down Tokyo's central shopping districts, carrying signs proclaiming various agendas such as "shut down G8 summit" and "G8=hunger."
Some protesters scuffled with the police.
Japanese broadcaster TV Asahi said two people were arrested.
Police could not confirm the report.


"Issues like environmental destruction and poverty in Africa, these are all caused by the G8 governments," said Yu Ando, a 31-year-old working for a municipal government in western Japan.
"I can't stand that they are proclaiming to solve these issues."


For the summit at Lake Toya, about 760 km (470 miles) north of Tokyo, domestic and international NGOs such as Oxfam plan to protest a range of topics including globalization, the food crisis and wars.
Protests are expected near the summit venue -- where protesters are expected to gather at three camp sites -- as well as in Tokyo and Sapporo, capital of Hokkaido.
But tight security and the sheer cost of travel to the vicinity of the remote summit site could dampen turnout.
Human rights lawyers have said Japanese immigration authorities are making it tough for some activists to get visas by complicating the application process, and media reports said some activists were detained for hours at immigration.


At last year's G8 summit in Heiligendamm, Germany, an estimated 30,000 protesters flocked to the area and entered a restricted zone set up for the summit, as well as blocking land routes into the area.


At Lake Toya, leaders of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and the United States will discuss soaring food and oil prices, along with climate change and African development.
Japan has also invited eight other nations, including Brazil, China and India, to hold talks on climate change on the sidelines.
(Reporting by Yoko Kubota; Editing by Jeremy Laurence)



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2007年5月 2日 (水)

アメリカ メーデーに20万人が参加(訳文)

Captsgeuib82020507070035photo04photodefa 2007年5月2日。ユメウツツです。




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2006年6月18日 (日)

A&U meeting, 18th June

18th June, 2006

We had a meeting at a cafe in Nakazaki-cho.
(I forgot to take a picture... I guess I'll show another picture instead.
I took it 2years ago at the cafe, when we had an iraqi briefing session inviting a japanese jarnalist Nishitani-san.)

Today we had 3 new participants !!&emojistar2;&emojistar2;&emojistar2;

We talked about many things.
How war is senseless for us people and is launched just for the powers' (and the capitals') profit.
Discrimination against street sleepers, against women. Racism.
What the richness is. etc..

The 3 each have their own thinkings of social problems including war.
They also have joined some rallies or marches.
I really like to learn more from what they think.

By the way, when talking about U.S. base in Okinawa, to someone's opinion "most people have no concern",
I said, --I didn't know nor concern about it either but now I do know it, it's sure that there are many people like me and the number is more increasing, so the movement must be spread more and more.
Then one of the 3 participants said "good idea" to my opinion. It made me so glad.

We also talked about "conspiracy charge", suppressions on students by Hosei Univ administration, or war scheme by the government, etc, that is to say, the terrible things the state power does.

Here's the decisions we made then.
-Next meeting; 24th, June at 1PM (let me know if you're interested)
-Let's make flyers to smash conspiracy charge setting.
-Let's take to the streets to down with Koizumi and Bush.

I enjoyed it so much today. See you next week.

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2006年5月 2日 (火)

US May-day Burning, 2006

1M Immigrants Skip Work for Demonstration in U.S!

Immigrants angered by Bush administration lit off a dynamite!&emojibomb; May day is burning.

Here is a report released by Yahoo!U.S.
It will make you moved. Check it.

1M Immigrants Skip Work for Demonstration

By GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press Writer

More than 1 million mostly Hispanic immigrants and their supporters skipped work and took to the streets Monday, flexing their economic muscle in a nationwide boycott that succeeded in slowing or shutting many farms, factories, markets and restaurants.

From Los Angeles to Chicago, Houston to Miami, the "Day Without Immigrants" attracted widespread participation despite divisions among activists over whether a boycott would send the right message to Washington lawmakers considering sweeping immigration reform.

"We are the backbone of what America is, legal or illegal, it doesn't matter," said Melanie Lugo, who with her husband and their third-grade daughter joined a rally of some 75,000 in Denver. "We butter each other's bread. They need us as much as we need them."

Two major rallies in Los Angeles attracted an estimated 400,000, according to the mayor's office. Police in Chicago estimated 400,000 people marched through the downtown business district.

Tens of thousands more marched in New York, along with about 15,000 in Houston, 50,000 in San Jose and 30,000 more across Florida. Smaller rallies in cities from Pennsylvania and Connecticut to Arizona and South Dakota attracted hundreds not thousands.

In all, police departments in more than two dozen U.S. cities contacted by The Associated Press gave crowd estimates that totaled about 1.1 million marchers.

The mood was jubilant. Marchers standing shoulder-to-shoulder filmed themselves on home video and families sang and chanted and danced in the streets wearing American flags as capes and bandanas. In most cities, those who rallied wore white to signify peace and solidarity.

In Los Angeles, the city streets were a carpet of undulating white that stretched for several miles, with palm trees and grass-covered medians poking through a sea of humanity. Marchers holding U.S. flags aloft sang the national anthem in English as traditional Mexican dancers wove through the crowd.

While most demonstrations were peaceful, a Santa Ana rally of 5,000 in Orange County was marred by people hurling rocks and plastic bottles at officers. Police made several arrests, but it was unclear if they were protesters. And a march in Seattle was disrupted when a car struck a group of marchers, though injuries were minor.

In Chicago, illegal immigrants from Ireland and Poland marched alongside Hispanics as office workers on lunch breaks clapped. In Phoenix, protesters formed a human chain in front of Wal-Mart and Home Depot stores. Protesters in Tijuana, Mexico, blocked vehicle traffic heading to San Diego at the world's busiest border crossing.

Many carried signs in Spanish that translated to "We are America" and "Today we march, tomorrow we vote." Others waved Mexican flags or wore hats and scarves from their native countries. Some chanted "USA" while others shouted slogans, such as "Si se puede!" Spanish for "Yes, it can be done!" Others were more irreverent, wearing T-shirts that read "I'm illegal. So what?"

The White House reacted coolly.

"The president is not a fan of boycotts," said press secretary Scott McClellan. "People have the right to peacefully express their views, but the president wants to see comprehensive reform pass the Congress so that he can sign it into law."

The boycott was organized by immigrant activists angered by federal legislation that would criminalize the nation's estimated 11 million illegal immigrants and fortify the U.S-Mexico border. Its goal was to raise awareness about immigrants' economic power.

Industries that rely on immigrant workers were clearly affected, though the impact was not uniform.

Tyson Foods Inc., the world's largest meat producer, shuttered about a dozen of its more than 100 plants and saw "higher-than-usual absenteeism" at others. Most of the closures were in states such as Iowa and Nebraska. Eight of 14 Perdue Farms chicken plants also closed for the day.

Goya Foods, which bills itself as the nation's largest Hispanic-owned food chain, suspended delivery everywhere except Florida, saying it wanted to express solidarity with immigrants who are its primary customers.

None of the 175 seasonal laborers who normally work Mike Collins' 500 acres of Vidalia onion fields in southeastern Georgia showed up.

"We need to be going wide open this time of year to get these onions out of the field," he said. "We've got orders to fill. Losing a day in this part of the season causes a tremendous amount of problems."

It was the same story in Indiana, where the owner of a landscaping business said he was at a loss. About 25 Hispanic workers ? 90 percent of the field work force ? never reported Monday to Salsbery Brothers Landscaping.

"We're basically shut down in our busiest month of the year," said owner Jeff Salsbery. "It's going to cost me thousands of dollars."

In the Los Angeles area, restaurants and markets were dark and truckers avoided the nation's largest shipping port. About one in three small businesses was closed downtown, including the cluttered produce market and fashion district.

The construction and nursery industries were among the hardest hit by the work stoppage in Florida.

Bill Spann, executive vice president of the Associated General Contractors of Greater Florida said more than half the workers at construction sites in Miami-Dade County did not show up Monday.

"If I lose my job, it's worth it," said Jose Cruz, an immigrant from El Salvador who protested with several thousand others in the rural Florida city of Homestead rather than work his construction job. "It's worth losing several jobs to get my papers."

But the effect was minimal in some places. On Manhattan's busy 14th Street, only a few shops were closed, including a Spanish-language bookstore and a tiny Latin American restaurant.

In Las Vegas, major casino companies Harrah's Entertainment Inc., MGM Mirage Inc., Wynn Resorts Ltd. and Station Casinos Inc. said nearly all 60,000 employees reported to work. Executives and the union representing cooks, maids and housekeepers on the Las Vegas Strip had urged employees to work but also join an evening rally.

The impact on some school systems was significant. In the sprawling Los Angeles Unified School District, which is 73 percent Hispanic, about 72,000 middle and high school students were absent ? roughly one in every four.

In San Francisco, Benita Olmedo pulled her 11-year-old daughter and 7-year-old son from school.

"I want my children to know their mother is not a criminal," said Olmedo, a nanny who came here illegally in 1986 from Mexico. "I want them to be as strong I am. This shows our strength."

Truck traffic at the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach ? the nation's largest port complex ? was off 90 percent, said spokeswoman Theresa Adams Lopez.

Some of the rallies drew small numbers of counter-protesters, including one in Pensacola, Fla.

"You should send all of the 13 million aliens home, then you take all of the welfare recipients who are taking a free check and make them do those jobs," said Jack Culberson, a retired Army colonel who attended the Pensacola rally. "It's as simple as that."

Jesse Hernandez, who owns a Birmingham, Ala., company that supplies Hispanic laborers to companies around the Southeast, shut down his four-person office in solidarity with the demonstrations.

"Unfortunately," he said, "human nature is that you don't really know what you have until you don't have it."


Contributing to this report were Associated Press writers Laura Wides-Munoz in Homestead, Fla.; Jon Sarche in Denver; Alex Veiga in Long Beach, Calif.; Andrew Dalton and Christina Almeida in Los Angeles; Jay Reeves in Birmingham, Ala.; Jordan Robertson in San Francisco.

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2006年5月 1日 (月)

May-day Burning 2006 &emojifire;

May 1, 2006

It is "May day" Today&emojifire;

I was back from homeland yesterday.
Cuz, a worker should join a May day rally to brace for large worker movement of this year, shouldn't she?

Now I just joined the May day rally in Osaka, Japan.
We were blessed with fine weather due to our good behavior&emojisun;

[the photo above] Zenro-ren's May day Osaka rally at Ogi-machi Park.
20,000 workers joined.
We marched after the rally for about an hour.

Then perfectly... It's a party time!
When drinking party after the successful rally, I saw another worker march
called Zenro-kyo's. [the photo below]

They also marched energetically.
I gave a cheer for them within myself.
Japan's workers have a rally devided with each National Center at a different place so far, it is a bit poor fact, but still we are the same working class.

Well, there was one more big May day rally in Osaka.
It is by Rengo, and 80,000 people were mobilized.

Well, again, it is May 1st today, when world workers unite and demonstrate their power.
So I wish we could rally together at same time and same place, and share our power of solidarity.

We workers,
let's brace for the near future, when we rally together and march filling the streets with ourselves.

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2006年2月25日 (土)

International study meeting&emojipalette; by chance

Feb 25th, 2006&emojimoonface;

We had an open study meeting.

The subjects of the meeting were "Situation in Palestine" and "Deregulation problem".

But we had an unexpected (but happy) accident, and we couldn't reach the subject "Deregulation".
So if you regretted you failed to join the study meeting, relieve yourself and join the next. &emojiface_glad2;

Here is an entry about the meeting.
We named today's meeting "open study meeting" though, there were just 4 A&U members at 6:00pm. So we started the meeting "as usual".

On the halfway of studying "Situation in Palestine", 2 people came to us.
One is Mr.F, who emailed me in advance and told he would ask someone familiar with Middle East to the meeting.

((Oh, so another man is the person he invited...))&emojiface_glad;
((well...is he possibly a foreigner?))
((Oh he really speaks only english...))&emojiface_gesso;

A&U members got confused &emojiface_gesso;
although insisitng the importance of international solidarity,
we are not that accustomed to english (nor other languages). orz

It was lucky for us Mr.F were good at english.
So we could start to introduce ourselves and talk about today's subject.
The person Mr.D was once a journalist based on U.S. washington D.C. covering situation in Middle East including Palestine. He also had an experience to organize people to support the liberation front in Palestine. But he became difficult to make a decent living as a journalist in U.S. because of his radical standpoint.
(It happens in every countries of imperialism.)
Then he had to go abroad, and now has some classes of journalism in Japan.

Well then, a man suddenly came here from the next table.
He also looked like a foreigner, and was really a foreigner(or, better say english speaker).
How international our meeting gets to be!

He seemed to feel like joining us, hearing english by chance.
He was Mr.N. He was grown up in Kenya, lived in Germany and France and now lives in Kanto, Japan.(Whew!)
He seemed to be good at Japanese, too.
But after a little when started to debate, he got to talk only in English at last.

"We need to talk about the situation in Palestine and deregulation today..."
We, shy japanese couldn't say it.
Then we decided to hold up the subjects we left to the next meeting, and to talk with each other about what they liked to talk.
We enjoyed talking about many things such as imperialim, wars, capitalism..etc.
Mr.F who translated all must have been so exhausted. Good job, Mr.F.

Anyways, we enjoyed the great study meeting thanks to the new 3 people&emojistar;
Hope it becomes a good advance of international solidarity.
We'd very much like them to come again.

Today's resume and what we talk about will be coming soon.
Keep checking it up!

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2005年12月25日 (日)

In solidarity with the 3-day STRIKE of MTA workers

TWU Local 100(a transit union's local of NewYork City) came out on whole 3day's strike from Dec the 20th to the 22nd, 2005.

The strike which is the first time in 25 years showed the power of workers' solidarity by stopping Newyork's urban function completely.
But most mass media were repeating "Citizens highly criticize about the strike".
And there's few media coverage from the workers' viewpoint.

Don't you doubt if it is the real situation?

We like to introduce a report from Labor Net(Japanese only)

This is extract from the article;
>New Yorkers seem to have been comparatively calm about the strike.
The result of the latest public opinion poll (December 22) by local TV bureau NY1 in New York is as follows.

>As the question which MTA (management side) or TWU (union side) is necessary to be criticized about this strike, 41% anwer MTA is bad, 25% answer TWU is bad, and 27% answer both of them are bad.

So we can say, 68% of public opinion are critical to the management side, and are not one-sidedly hostile to the union side, at least.

>As for the demands of TWU (union side)(pension and medical insurance, etc.), 54% answer they are right, and 36% answer wrong.

In a word, the majority thinks that the demand of the union is fair.
That implies there are a lot of people who oppose the insistences of the state and the city administration, and the MTA management side, even in the critical people to the strike.

It might be a mistake to consider this strike as a selfish behavior of the middle-class workers working in the surplus corporation.
Because TWU local 100's main demand is the withdrawal of treatment cutting down in medical insurance to the railway and the bus worker in the future. And protection of the present union members' profit is not their main concern.

And more,
>While 35% of New Yorker's white answer that the union is worse, only 12% of New Yorker of African and Latino anwer that.
And near 75% of the African and the Latino say the union's demand is right, while 38% of the white answer that.

New York state method that prohibits strike of public-sector,
Judicial judgment that punishes only the oneside(union side) concerned of strike,
Present political power of the city that has suppressed strike by the threat of arrest and penalty...
They are not only violating labor rights, but also losing touch with the public opinion.

The plating of fictitious "Threat" and "Justice" since Sept.11 is now being peeled off, then the existing regime is beeing failed to keep concealing the reality and begins to collapse.

At the same time, the diastrophism has extended to the United States labor movement by the "rank and file" movement.
(we reported U.S. Million Worker March movement at
English version is coming soon, keep checking them up!)

The workers went on strike following the strike of the mechanics of Northwest Airlines, saying "Can do nothing but go on strike".
Now anger of the working class is extending all over the world.
In Japan, Natioanl Railway Workers Union called Doro-Chiba went on strike as well when the Iraq invasion started.
Workers can cross their national borders.

Let's link arms with the workers.
Let's advance the workers movement.
Let's start from our own office.

And then, let's impeach the power of the states that continue the imperialist war and keep suppressing the working class.

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2005年11月16日 (水)

Smash the summit meeting, Nov 16th

Nov 16th 2005, there were several rallies and marches in Kyoto, where Bush came to have the Japan-US summit meeting.
Some members of A&U Osaka joined one of the marches.

We started to walk after the rally.
Marched around pretty closed to Gosho where Bush was.

At the march, people called "Smash Japan-US summit meeting", "Smash Pusan APEC(Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Conference)", etc.
Because these "summit" meeting are all for the capitalists of the world, and they talk about how to make a profit, then how to exploit the workers of the world and how to suppress their resistances.
By the way, we could also hear some lively call by students like "Storm into Gosho!"
Though we couldn't do that anyway. LOL

We heard 300 people joined the march though the initial expection was around 30.
(Police men joined a lot as well.)

Kyoto is a kind of University city and students were highly visible on that march.
Some foreign students' group of Kyoto Univ joined. We heard people came together from 7 nationalities in all.
Some students were clap hands on street corners, some were waving hands from a window at their classroom.

Obviously, there were not only the students.
There was an old man following the march group with waving his hand.
There was a woman standing with a hand-made sign, who came from US and lives in Kyoto. She told she was really disgusted by Bush.

I find it again that there are many people who can't accept the invasion in Iraq, who wish to down with Bush and Koizumi.

Finally I'll paste the photo, where the police were wounding up in a strange place(a small park at Kamo River of Kyoto).

*You can see the photos at the entry 45(Japanese version):

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2005年11月11日 (金)

Anti-war labor movement

I found it at a construction site on a business district of Osaka city, Japan.
That is an anti-"constitutional amendment"cement mixer truck.
(written "No constitutional amendment", "Protect Article 9 of the Constitution")

This is likely one of the campaigns by Construction and Traffic Trade Union.

Let's wave our hands if we find them!

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2005年11月 9日 (水)

High Court fines trio for distributing fliers on Defense Agency property

December 9, 2005,
High Court fines trio for distributing fliers on Defense Agency property.

(Photo:The defendants, from left, Toshiyuki Ohora, Sachimi Takada and Nobuhiro Onishi, hold a news conference following their defeat in the Tokyo High Court.)

Three people accused of trespassing on Defense Agency property after distributing fliers opposing the dispatch of Self-Defense Forces personnel to Iraq were handed fines in the Tokyo High Court on Friday, after the court overturned an earlier decision.

The three were found guilty of trespassing and handed fines of between 100,000 yen(about 750USD) and 200,000 yen.

In an earlier ruling, a lower court had acknowledged that the three had trespassed when they distributed the fliers at Defense Agency facilities in Tokyo between January and February last year. However, it had ruled that their actions were not sufficient grounds to penalize them, saying that they were merely expressing their political opinions as guaranteed by the Constitution and were not significantly violating the privacy of residents.

Prosecutors launched an appeal against the lower court decision, saying it was clear that the three were guilty and that the court had misapplied the law.

Supporters of the three were shocked at the ruling.

"Why are they guilty?" "What about fliers for underground loans and adult products?" supporters asked.

According to the initial district court ruling, the three distributed fliers containing such slogans as, "No dispatch of Self-Defense Forces to Iraq!" in door mailboxes and other locations at Defense Agency facilities in Tachikawa, Tokyo.
(Citation in the text of MSN Mainichi.)

It is nothing but a mistrial. I'm really angry against the suppression of free speech.
The presiding judge Nakagawa described, "even if the freedom of expression is esteemed, you may not violate others' rights".

Distributing fliers "violates others' rights"!?
Does "others' rights" mean the rights of property in land??

This decision means to esteem the property right of land managers or owners' rather than the civil right of free speech including posting fliers.
It means to wrest the rights to know from all of the residents.

Most importantly of all, it is the political suppression by power of the state to people who oppose the dispatch of Self-Defense Forces personnel to Iraq.

The 3 defendants declare that they continue to fight until they win the judgment of acquittal.

I wish to deal against this suppression as is put on us.

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