To Japan the Asian connection seems to have two significances: first, it
is a challenge to establish a new nexus that can heal the bad memories of the
imperialist invasion; second, it is a possibility to make itself free from the
fetters of USA.
Asia Solidarity School （アジア連帯講座）claims to be against the globalization under liberalism and resulting wars. In synchronicity with Belgian ATTAC, it made the website black.
Japan-Korean Net （日韓ネット）is for the unity
of Japanese and Korean citizens in order to fight against Japan's militarization,
complete Japan's compensation for the colonial rule, and support the peaceful
unity of North and South Koreas.
Anti-Military Service Supporters supports the Anti-Military Service
Movement in Korea: http://dopehead.net/non-serviam/.
Asia Pacific Workers' Solidarity Link says: It is an independent, grassroots
network of trade unionists and labor activists in the Asia-Pacific region. Its
purpose is to facilitate and promote genuine trade unionism in the countries
of the region and international links between them.
The page for Counter Discourses （対抗言論のページ）is a site of e-mail letter exchanges about Japan's problematic relationship with Asia. One of the targets is historical revisionism.
PARC (Pacific Asia Resource Center) says: “Founded in 1973, PARC is
a secular, non-profit, multifunctional organization working together with the
various people's movements in Japan to facilitate development of solidarity
links with people in struggle in Asian, Pacific and other countries. With more
than 750 dues-paying members among NGO staffs, researchers and professionals
all over the country, PARC is an advocacy NGO, a publisher of Japanese periodicals,
a research and documentation center, and an educational institution, as well
as an organizer of inter-people networks.
Our activities are guided by our belief in the power of people to liberate themselves and to create a better, more humane world. We contend that the people in the North and the South should work for a common future vision of a liberated world. We are trying to create a movement to link with people in the "South" whose life and environment are being destroyed by the countries and corporations of the "North", which includes Japan.”
Humanitarian Aid to North Koreans (HANK-NET Japan) is for supporting
North Korean people suffering from famine.
Japan-China Friendship Association （日本中国友好協会）was
established in 1950, a year after the constitution of the People's Republic
of China. While the Japanese government led by the Liberal Democratic Party
followed the US policy to support Taiwan, the organization persisted in making
a tie with PRC.
The Page for the neverending Refugees （果てしない移民たちのホームページ）is
managed by Tokyo Consultant for Civil Movements: the office of Masaki Inaba,
an administrative lawyer. It challenges the Japanese government's treatment
of refugees (i.e., from Afghanistan), calling it “a hate-crime by the state.”
Affection, Accommodation, Action, Generation advocates: “let's help
each other as a global family.” It is organizing a network of global volunteers.
Japanese International Volunteer Center is an NGO and began its activities
in Thailand in 1980. It is active in agricultural development, peace movements,
and emergency aid in nine countries in Asia and Africa: Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos,
Afghanistan, Thailand, Palestine, Iraq, Jordan, North Korea, Ethiopia, and South
Japan NGO Center for International Cooperation (JANIC) says it is “a
non-profit, non-partisan networking NGO founded in 1987 by a group of NGO leaders
who saw the need to better coordinate activities in Japanese society and facilitate
communication with overseas groups.”
The Third World Shop is an online shop for products from small communities
of the third world. By trade it intends to support the economy of the communities
and establish a network among them. It follows the line of “fair trade” that
began in 1960s Europe in order to solve the economic gap between the north and
Beginning in the 1980s, Japan came to have foreign workers mainly from Asian countries (such as Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Philippines), whose cheaper labor cost was useful to accelerate the bubble economy. At the same time, students from the similar area began to come to study abroad. Here arose issues that the nation had not experienced in the postwar era.
Karabow No Kai (Support Group for Migrant Workers) (See the above section for workers' organizations)
Tokyo Alien Eyes is a site for helping foreign students live in Tokyo.
National Union of General Workers Tokyo South (See the above section
for workers' organizations)