There is an old says : “the history is always”owned” and “wriiten” by the winner ,who owned the political power”.
It is so true if we investigate on most of the official historical text book that is writen by those in power and state version.
In most of the Asian text book, some countries highligthed the cruelty of the Japanese facisist miliarity invasion in Asia. Some countries tried not to explain much about the historical past.
For the Japanese, the issues of world war 2 history as well is another highly sensitive and controvesial one. There are many efforts outside of the Japan, people movement who wanted the Japanese history text book to be rewrite and also demanded the aplogy .
In the sametime, we can also see there are efforts that are initiated by the Japanese groups, either the anti war groups or another progressive political forces from the civil society who aganist the empror system and also had been instrumental in the war
of the past.
As far back in the year 1900, there were rising of the soialist -anarchist movement against the emperor system in Japan. One of the famous event in the history was “The High Treason Incident 1910 “
This incident was led by the socialist-anarchist plot to assassinate the Japanese Emperor Meiji in 1910. Eventually lead to the mass arrest and execution of the 12 alleged conspirators in 1911.
If we investigate carefully, we will realise that this internal struggle against the emperor system was the hard effort of the peace loving Japanese who disagred with the harmful ambitious of the Japanese emperor and its system who promoted war, agreesion and invansion outside of Japan.
In order to bring the other side of people history of Japanese people to be known by the world,
The Japanese CIRA (the Japanese section of the international centres for anarchist documentation and research)via the Irregular Rythym Asylum Blog. – presents the 2010 calendar with a theme of the 100th anniversary of the High Treason Incident
The High Treason Incident, also known as the Kotoku Incident, was a socialist-anarchist plot to assassinate the Japanese Emperor Meiji in 1910, leading to a mass arrest of leftists, and the execution of 12 alleged conspirators in 1911.
To commemorate the people’s struggle against the Emperor in the early 20th century, this calendar highlights the key figures of the High Treason Incident and international campaigns of prison solidarity for the victims. You will see valuable pictures of activists in the early socialist movements in Japan with English thumbnail for each month.
Here is the topic of the month:
[Jan] Shusui Kotoku: a prominent political thinker and anarchist
[Feb] Sugako Kannno: a feminist journalist and anarchist
[Mar] Gudou Uchiyama: an anarchist monk and his secret publication
[Apr] The High Treason Album/International prison solidarity
[May] The Commoners’ Society (Heimin-sha): the centre for socialists in the early days
[Jun] A protest against fare rises of the Tokyo City railways
[Jul] Suppression of free speech against the Commoners’ Daily
[Aug] The Commoners’ Summer Seminar
[Sep] The pollution in the Ashio copper mine and socialists
[Oct] The post-war campaign on the restoration of honour of victims
[Nov] Other High Treason Incidents: Daisuke Nanba, Park Yeol and Fumiko Kaneko, and Lee Bong-chang
[Dec] Movements against the emperor system in the post-war
My special thanks & appreciation to my Japanese good friend, Risa & her activist friends who had presented this wonderful calender to us.:)….your effort and courage is the manifestation of the compassion and kindness of many Japanese who donot agred on war and embrace world peace.