Against the Storm

Against the Storm

How Japanese printworkers resisted the military regime 1935-1945

By Masao Sugiura
Edited by Kasye Broadbent
Translated by Kaye Broadbent and Mana Sato

'In doing what is normal for any trade union activist today -- recruiting, arguing and organising -- my comrades and I were made to suffer persecution, imprisonment and death’

This inspiring memoir tells how young Japanese print and publishing workers maintained links and sustained organisation between workers during the height of Japanese military aggression before and during World War II. It destroys the myth that ordinary Japanese people all supported the war, and provides a thrilling account of worker organising in conditions of repression that has lessons for the up-and-coming unionists of today.