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January 1960, I sat inside the police station at Manseibashi in Akihabara, Tokyo. Kandagawa River flowed below the steep embankment, and frigid air blew upward. I was thrown into the holding cell with a seasoned warehouse burglar, who intimidated the warden; and my interrogation was not by a gentle-seeming officer in charge of ideological offenses (Metropolitan Police Agency Public Security Section 2), but by a brawny detective in charge of labour movements (Public Security Section 1). It was a time when police were activated during intense confrontations between labour and management. His attitude was so overbearing that my mother, who had brought me a care package, was turned away, for the reason that my identity was unknown as I was refusing to answer any questions.

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Fig. 2.1

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  1. 1.

    Record of my days of anti-U.S.-Japan Security Treaty struggles are detailed in: “60nen Anpo, sono gekidō no kiseki”: http://www.ne.jp/asahi/karanohako/m.t/kiroku-anpo2.html; http://www.ne.jp/asahi/karanohako/m.t/kiroku-anpo3.html; http://www.ne.jp/asahi/karanohako/m.t/kiroku-anpo4.html.

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    “Puroretaria tsūshin: No. 6” (Proletarian bulletin), December 10, 1960; in Shima, Shigeo (supervising ed.), Bunto no shisō 4 (Ideology of the Bund) (Hihyōsha: 1992).

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    Circumstances about those days are detailed in Shima, Shigeo, “Bunto Shishi (Zenhen)” (Personal history of the Bund (volume one), in Shima, Shigeo (supervising ed.), Bunto no shisō 1 (Ideology of the Bund) (Hihyōsha: 1992).

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Aoki, M. (2018). Student Movement. In: Transboundary Game of Life. Springer, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2757-5_2

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