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“Notes on the 4.5 Great Kamagasaki Oppression and Nuclear Power Industry” on Japan – Fissures in the Planetary Apparatus

On April 5, 2011, Kamagasaki in Osaka suffered the largest case of oppression in recent years. Osaka Prefectural Police arrested 6 activists (and 2 more in the following few days) who were engaged in the struggle in Kamagasaki, and raided at least 14 places around the city.

The occasion of this oppression dates back to 2007. In Kamagasaki, many day laborers, who hop around cheap lodging houses and bunkhouses as well as those who can’t afford these facilities, kept their registration of residency at the addresses of support organizations in and around the neighborhood. However, in 2007, Osaka City abolished residency certificate of all day laborers who were using the addresses of three support organizations such as Kamagasaki Release Center. Day laborers, who often suffer rejection from basic human rights, were now without certificate of residency hence without the right to vote.

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