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Japan: Graffiti activist 281 Anti Nuke fighting for free speech01:33

Japan: Graffiti activist 281 Anti Nuke fighting for free speech

Japan, Tokyo
December 10, 2013 at 03:31 GMT +00:00 · Published

Japan: Graffiti activist 281 Anti Nuke fighting for free speech

Tokyo street artist 281 Anti Nuke is causing a stir in the Japanese capital with his provocative graffiti messages criticising the government response to the Fukushima nuclear disaster and other political topics. To avoid detection by the police, the artist says he has created thousands of adhesive decals that can be quickly applied to walls or street furniture, reducing his chance of being arrested.

Recent targets have included the Tokyo Olympics and the newly-passed State Secrets Act, which activists say is an attempt to quash political dissent. The government has not yet released full details of the new law, and reports have called their response to calls for oversight and regulation of the new system sluggish.

281 has already been the target of death threats, and his art is systematically defaced. However, the artist says he is resolute in his work, which he calls a fight for the Japanese public's right to nuclear safety and free speech.

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Japan: Graffiti activist 281 Anti Nuke fighting for free speech

Tokyo street artist 281 Anti Nuke is causing a stir in the Japanese capital with his provocative graffiti messages criticising the government response to the Fukushima nuclear disaster and other political topics. To avoid detection by the police, the artist says he has created thousands of adhesive decals that can be quickly applied to walls or street furniture, reducing his chance of being arrested.

Recent targets have included the Tokyo Olympics and the newly-passed State Secrets Act, which activists say is an attempt to quash political dissent. The government has not yet released full details of the new law, and reports have called their response to calls for oversight and regulation of the new system sluggish.

281 has already been the target of death threats, and his art is systematically defaced. However, the artist says he is resolute in his work, which he calls a fight for the Japanese public's right to nuclear safety and free speech.

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