Heimin Shimbun

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A clip from The Common People's Newspaper (13 November 1904)
A photograph of the Heimin-sha (Commoners' Society), who published the Heimin Shimbun.

Heimin Shimbun (English: The Commoner's News) was a libertarian-socialist newspaper established in Japan at the beginning of the 20th century. Japanese anarchist Kōtoku Shūsui served as one of the paper's editors. By the beginning of 1904, it was Tokyo's leading publication advocating socialism.[1] Eighty-two people eventually expressed their allegiance to socialism in this publication. Two of those people, Uchiyama Gudō and Kōtoku Shusui were convicted and executed in the High Treason Incident. Multiple issues of the newspaper were banned by the Meiji government because they were deemed politically offensive. The editors were arrested, fined and jailed, and the last issue was printed on 25 January 1905. After the disappearance of this paper, the socialist antiwar movement disappeared as well.[2]

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  1. ^ Victoria 1998, p. 41.
  2. ^ Victoria 1998, p. 42.
  • Victoria, Brian (1998). Zen at War. Weatherhill.