Sanrizuka by Kazuo Kitai
Publisher: Nora-sha, Tokyo
Format: Softcover with Slipcase, 24.3 x 18.1 cm, 184 pages.
Condition: Used, very good.
Kazuo Kitai's Sanrizuka documents the intense civil unrest between residents of Sanrizuka, an agricultural area located on the east side of Narita airport, and government authorities, in the run up to the construction and later expansion of the airport. Under a 1966 plan, the airport would have been completed in 1971, but due to the ongoing resettlement disputes, not all of the land for the airport was available by then. Finally, in 1971, the Japanese government began forcibly expropriating land. 291 protesters were arrested and more than 1,000 police, villagers and student militants were injured in a series of riots.