This is some amazingly comedic footage: today, over 100 police officers raided the Tokyo headquarters of an ultra-leftist group.

First, as they’re trying to saw their way in, the group’s representative just opens a door and is like, dude just use the door
Then, the group’s representative takes each officer’s temperature and gives each permission to enter

Japan, never change 🤣
Earlier this month the group’s leader, Takeo Shimizu, made his 1st public appearance in 51 years (!) at a rally, which is what triggered the raid:…
Known as Chukakuha in Japan, the ultra-leftist group is linked to a 1971 riot in Shibuya that left 1 officer dead. Here’s a NYT report on the incident:…

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