Kamichika, Ichiko (1888 - 1981)

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Occupation, Status Statesman, Social Activist
Birthplace(modern name) Nagasaki
Date of Birth and Death June 6, 1888 - Aug. 1, 1981
Pen name etc. Ichi


While a student of Joshi Eigaku Juku (English School for Women, later Tsuda College), she participated in Seito-sha. She joined "Tokyo Nichinichi Shimbun" newspaper company as a journalist in 1914. Later, she was influenced by socialist ideology. Because of a love affair entanglement, however, she stabbed Sakae Osugi (scandal of Hayama Hikage-Chaya) and was sentenced to a two-year prison term. After release from jail, she participated in the launch of the "Nyonin Geijutsu" and "Fujin Bungei" and wrote for them as a social critic. After the war, she took part in the establishment of the Minshu Fujin Kyokai in 1947. She was elected a member of the House of Representatives in 1953 from Nihon Shakai-to (Japan Socialist Party)(left-wing). She served until 1969 with the exception of a one-time unseating and was instrumental in the enactment of the Prostitution Prevention Law, etc.

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Source:Gendai Joketsuron
Call no.:281.09-A158g
Monochrome, 11.2×14.2 cm