In April 1921, the Seki Ran Kai (Red Waves Society) was formed with socialism as its goal. It was the first anti-imperialist women’s organization in Japan, at a time when women were banned from any political association. immediately after forming, they participated in May Day, receiving solidarity from comrades of various labor movements and political organizations. This led to vigorous police repression, and two members were taken into long-term custody. Though there were clamp-downs, Seki Ran Kai carried on their struggle, holding lectures and distributing newspapers and pamphlets. On the occasion of extensive maneuvers by army troops, Seki Ran Kai distributed anti-military fliers to the military personnel. As a result of this action, key members were imprisoned, which led to Seki Ran Kai’s dissolution after only eight months of existence. However, most members dedicated the rest of their lives to social movements.
Printed at the worker-owned Stumptown Printers, Portland, OR.
This is #79 in the Celebrate People’s History Poster Series.
Keisuke Narita runs the Irregular Rhythm Asylum infoshop in Tokyo. He is also a member of the A3BC.
Redeye is an illustrator based in Tokyo.