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Rare Documentary Videos of Historic Events in Japan

Thursday, June 22, 2006 Posted: 05:57 PM JST

YouTube has an interesting collection of documentary videos of important events in Japan. Among the more than 100 videos, you can find rare footage of:

  • Demonstrations against the visit of the USS Enterprise to Sasebo in 1968
  • The violent demonstrations against Tokyo's Narita Airport during the 70s
  • Music videos from the 80s
  • The five day Nishinari Riots in Osaka in 1990
  • and more...

Below is an example of the extremely violent demonstrations against Narita Airport. Some scenes look like they are from a war zone. Protest by farmers who didn't want to sell their land were pretty much ignored. Eventually the demonstrations escalated into these violent confrontations. These demonstrators fought so hard and have absolutely nothing to show for it. No wonder that many people in Japan believe they can't make a difference.

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