Takeo Shimizu, the ageing head of the Japanese communist group Chukaku-ha (Middle Core Faction). Photo: Zenshin Takeo Shimizu, the ageing head of the Japanese communist group Chukaku-ha (Middle Core Faction). Photo: Zenshin
Takeo Shimizu, the ageing head of the Japanese communist group Chukaku-ha (Middle Core Faction). Photo: Zenshin

Communist rebel, 83, leaves hiding after 50 years to blast Japan’s coronavirus response – and call for revolution

  • Ageing agitator Takeo Shimizu, head of Chukaku-hu (Middle Core Faction) went on the run following riots in 1971 that killed a police officer
  • Now he’s back, claiming the coronavirus has brought about the ‘circumstances for a revolution’. Question is, has his audience died off?

Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
Takeo Shimizu, the ageing head of the Japanese communist group Chukaku-ha (Middle Core Faction). Photo: Zenshin Takeo Shimizu, the ageing head of the Japanese communist group Chukaku-ha (Middle Core Faction). Photo: Zenshin
Takeo Shimizu, the ageing head of the Japanese communist group Chukaku-ha (Middle Core Faction). Photo: Zenshin
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