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Travelling for Solidarity: Japanese Activists in the Transnational Anti-apartheid Movement

  • Kumiko Makino
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Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)

Abstract

The global anti-apartheid solidarity has attracted scholarly attention not only in the context of the political history of South Africa but also as an important historical case for the study of transnational social movements. While the existing literature on the topic tends to focus on Western anti-apartheid movements, this chapter focuses on anti-apartheid activism in Japan. In particular, the author highlights the role of overseas travels that brought about occasional yet direct communications between Japanese activists and leaders of liberation movements as well as anti-apartheid activists from Europe, North America and Asia-Oceania. Such face-to-face contacts often had decisive impacts on Japanese activists’ thoughts and gave them long-lasting motivation to commit to anti-apartheid activism.

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  • Kumiko Makino
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  1. 1.Institute of Developing EconomiesJapan External Trade OrganizationChibaJapan

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