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Results of Criminal Organizations Database Search: Chukaku-Ha
(Also... Some alternate names are aliases, other are names for specific subgroups or
Middle Core Faction
Kansai Revolutionary Army
Source: Keisato, CIA, MI-6
Type: Political terrorist organization
Frequent attacks against anti-Imperialism, the Government and Japanese expansion of
the New Tokyo International Airport.
Connections and possible operative exchange with the Japanese Red Army
[#CR0000425]. [MI-6] Chukaku-ha is believed to have ties with every Ultra-leftist group
within Japan, as well as ties to Japanese organize crime, and the construction unions.
Scattered cells of operatives, numbering between five and ten operatives each.
Chukaku-Ha owns and operates it's own newspaper and printer. Through this they
receive donations and money is diverted to the more militant operatives. It is believed
they front a number of related front organizations as well, including recycling, a paper
mill and a delivery business. [Keisato]
Smallarms, explosives and excellent electronics sources. Training and support is also
excellent. Funding is derived from membership dues, sales of its newspapers, and
Suspected Criminal Activity:
The group relies on the use of homemade but sometimes surprisingly sophisticated
incendiary bombs, flamethrowers, mortars, and rockets. Most of their targets have been
property, whether the headquarters of the Japanese Liberal-Democratic Party, the
national railroad system, U.S. Armed Forces facilities, the Imperial Palace grounds, or
government offices. The majority of their attacks involved arson using incendiary bombs
and devices or crude mortars and rocketlike devices. They have also been involved in
assaults and beatings, sabotage, and murder. The group has used mass rallies of its
general membership as feints to draw police attention away from actual targets. On one
occasion in the frequent clashes at the construction site of Narita airport, throngs of
Chukaku-Ha members armed with Molotov cocktails rushed a police barricade and
created a small riot. While police concentrated on holding back the demonstrators, the
Chukaku-Ha covert operations specialists burglarized the control tower of the airport,
entering through underground service corridors, and then smashed much of the
computer equipment there. Launched at least four rockets at the US army base at Zama,
near Tokyo, at the start of the G-7 Summit in July 1993.
An ultraleftist/radical group with origins in the fragmentation of the Japanese Communist
Party in 1957. Chukaku-Ha seeks to overturn Japan's constitutional system and
monarchy. Chukaku-Ha is not only the largest faction out of the 23 factions that make up
the Japanese New Left movement but also the largest militant domestic opposition group
in Japan. The group's "anti-Imperialist" position finds practical expression in its protests
against the U.S.-Japan Security Treaty while its rejection of the Japanese corporate
state is concretely expressed in its frequent attacks on the construction of the New
Tokyo International Airport and against the subway and railroad mass-transit systems.
Even though Chukaku-Ha can be considered typically leftist because of its membership
in the Japanese New Left and its stated objectives and ideals, this group must also be
considered anarchistic insofar as its program seems more intent on destroying the
existing Japanese corporate state rather than building an alternative socialist state.
Chukaku-Ha is not known to have any foreign state sponsors. Almost all of their activities
have taken place within Japan while their base membership of 3,500 members supports
the 200 or so full-time activists. Among the full-time activists are members of the Kansai
Revolutionary Army, the group's covert active measures group that actually carries out
most of the group's terrorism.
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