The Japanese Left Wing
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Despite its image of political apathy, Japan has a small but active left wing political force and union activist core. These groups are the radical left, marxists and anarchists that protest against the increasing level of capitalist influence in education, with Zenkaguren student union groups protesting the privatization of universities like Hosei in Tokyo, or campaign on issues as diverse as Narita airport expansion and the problems with nuclear power, especially since the march 11th earthquake in Tohoku damaged the Fukushima Daichi nuclear powerplant causing radiation leaks across much of east Japan. Though the movement is smaller these days than its heyday in the late sixties and earlier seventies the police are still wary of the power and message the activist bring to their regular meetings and protests and there is always a heavy police presence .