Saturday, September 26, 2015

The Big Issue - No War

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The Big Issue, #270
The Big Issue is the magazine that hires the homeless to distribute and sell copies in Japan, England and a few other places, as a way for the otherwise unemployed to make money. Cover price is 300 yen (approx. $2.50 USD), but I don't know how much the sellers get to keep. Issues come out on the 1st and 15th of each month, and are sold either in Tenmonkan or Amu Plaza, depending on where the guy decides to try to work. I do want to help the guy out, but I only want to buy issues that appeal to me, which means they need to be anime or manga-related, and that doesn't happen much. I don't want to read more about Tom Cruise, Taylor Swift or Lady Gaga if I can avoid it. There's 4-6 pages on the cover feature, and then everything else is about poverty issues world-wide, information on various NPOs, and interviews with other homeless.

This time, the focus is on the protests against Prime Minister Abe's attempts to rewrite the constitution and get Japan more involved in aggressive military activities, as well as producing weapons. Yoshitomo Nara is a well-known artist in Japan who is very active in the "No War" movement, and some of his artwork is shown here. Actually, someone was selling the Big Issue at the anti-war demonstration near Kotsuki river 2 weekends ago, which is where I got this copy. Several of the protestors were holding up the picture on the back cover as part of the protest.

He's got a new book out called "No War" for 1,900 yen.

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