Three Influential Seniors

  • Masahiko Aoki


After the Haneda Airport incident, the mass media heaped all sorts of abuse on the student activists of the Zengakuren and Bund, calling us “gangster student activists” (Asahi Shimbun newspaper), “political bike gang” (Shūkan Asahi weekly), and “central staff of academic-cap revolution” (Shūkan Yomiuri weekly). Since by that time there were no activists who were boorish enough to still be wearing the four-cornered academic caps, this was a laughable anachronism. The Chair of the Zengakuren, Kentarō Karōji, was a witty dandy, who was in ecstasy, ordering a biker gang-style leather jacket stitched with the word “red lightning” on the back.

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  • Masahiko Aoki
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  1. 1.Stanford UniversityStanfordUSA

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