27 episodes

This podcast seeks to challenge the commonly held assumptions about Japan as harmonious, homogeneous, and traditional by recasting its history as a history of conflict and change, as the history of class struggles, from anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist, anti-colonial, and intersectional perspectives.

Against Japanism Against Japanism

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    • 4.6 • 40 Ratings

This podcast seeks to challenge the commonly held assumptions about Japan as harmonious, homogeneous, and traditional by recasting its history as a history of conflict and change, as the history of class struggles, from anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist, anti-colonial, and intersectional perspectives.

    Vietnamese Migrant Workers and the Legacy of "Technical Internship" Program w/ Le Phuong Anh

    Vietnamese Migrant Workers and the Legacy of "Technical Internship" Program w/ Le Phuong Anh

    Maya and Kota sit down with Le Phuong Anh to talk about the struggle of Vietnamese migrant workers and international students in Japan. Anh is a PhD student at the graduate school of Asia Pacific Studies at Waseda University, whose research interest is in Migration Studies and international student mobility, as well as Vietnamese middle skill migrant workers in Japan. She is the co-author of Against the ‘Japanese Dream’: Vietnamese Student Workers in Japan published in Asian Labour Revie...

    • 1 hr 27 min
    Multipolarity or Anti-Imperialism? w/ Politics in Command

    Multipolarity or Anti-Imperialism? w/ Politics in Command

    Kota sits down with J from Politics in Command to discuss "multipolarity," a discourse which sees the existence of multiple superpowers as a positive development from the unipolar world dominated by the United States. We ask whether the politics of multipolarity is genuinely anti-imperialist or revisionist, an abandonment of revolutionary principles for reformism and class collaborationism. We critically analyze the overlaps between the reactionary ideology of Aleksandr Dugin and ps...

    • 1 hr 33 min
    Danchi, Social Reproduction, and the Politics of Urban Development w/ Marxist Disco

    Danchi, Social Reproduction, and the Politics of Urban Development w/ Marxist Disco

    Felix a.k.a. Marxist Disco joins the show to discuss the wave of urban redevelopment happening in Japan right now.There are more than 200 buildings planned just in the Tokyo area including Japan’s tallest skyscraper on record, despite the chronic recession and stagnant growth rate the country has been experiencing since the 1990s. To make sense of this contradiction, we critically engage with Marxist geographer David Harvey’s work, particularly his theory of "spatial fix," and of the urban as...

    • 1 hr 57 min
    The Takarazuka Revue and Capitalist Urban Development w/ The BeruBara Tag Boom

    The Takarazuka Revue and Capitalist Urban Development w/ The BeruBara Tag Boom

    Alex from the BeruBara Tag Boom joins the show to discuss the history and politics of an all-women musical theater based in Western Japan known as the Takarazuka Revue. We discuss the class politics of the Takarazuka Revue, particularly its ties to an Osaka-based private railway corporation called the Hankyu Corporation (now a subsidiary of the Hankyu Hanshin Toho Group), the development of railway infrastructure and the suburbanization of Osaka in the early twentieth century that create...

    • 1 hr 32 min
    The History of Japanese Fascism: Part 1 w/ The Minyan

    The History of Japanese Fascism: Part 1 w/ The Minyan

    Kota sits down with Talia and Prez from the Minyan to answer the question: Was pre-WWII Japan fascist? This is the first installment of a multi-part series on the origins, political economy, and culture of Japanese fascism.Outro: Warszawianka in Japanese (ワルシャワ労働者の歌)Support the Show.

    • 1 hr 26 min
    The People vs. G7 w/ Migrante Japan

    The People vs. G7 w/ Migrante Japan

    Roger Raymundo, a member of Migrante Japan and co-host of Radyo Migrante re-joins the show to discuss the imperialist agenda of the upcoming G7 summit in Hiroshima, how it affects the workers, peasants, and migrants from the Global South, and other related topics such as the US-led militarization of the Asia-Pacific region and Japan's "Official Security Assistance" to the Philippines.We also discuss the latest amendment to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act that would make it easier f...

    • 1 hr 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
40 Ratings

40 Ratings

Keahileo ,

Fave podcast, from a Japanese-Ryukyuan Communist

The first of its kind I’ve ever seen in English—analysis of historic & modern Japan from an anti-imperialist and marxist context finally from someone who is non-white and non-diasporic. I’m yonsei/gosei & my entire family was raised in diaspora since the early 1900s, traumatized from the shame of the Japanese bombing Pearl Harbor and many relatives enlisting in the 442nd Infantry, whilst benefitting substantially from the capitalist American assimilation and the oppression & displacement of natives. I’ve been dying to learn about Japanese politics from a socialist-communist perspective since I started studying proletarian feminism a couple years ago, since learning anything from my family comes with holding the Japanese imperialists high.

Also the music on this podcast slaps. I’ve found so many rad songs & artists from Kota.👏🏽

Goat31842069 ,

Essential for American Leftists Interested in Japanese Culture

I was among the group of white millennials whose childhood was shaped by Japanese cultural products and who was sold a specific image of Japan as a harmonious conservative and conformist culture untouched by the evils of socialism. This podcast helped me see Japan's multifaceted reality and process what I had been taught while enhancing my appreciation for the artists who shaped my childhood.

jakxidnskdnbfbdjsjsbdbd ,

Very Pleased

Just writing a review to cancel out some of the one stars. It’s pretty good and I recommend

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