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Educated in both the Confucian classics and European liberalism by political theorist and statesman Nakae Chomin (1847-1901), Kotoku Shusui (1871-1911) came to be one of Japan’s fiercest advocates of radical progressivism.

In 1903, Shusui founded the Heimin Shinbun newspaper with Sakai Toshihiko (1871-1933); the following year they published their translation of the Communist Manifesto.

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