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of the bureaucratic jargon in of men to of the of their experience, escalating attacks on the sub-

which they are usually explained) are studied and discussed. "People's patrols" were also fonned: bands of workers to patrol the streets and help men fallen through illness, hunger, or alcohol, before they are arrested. The most dramatic development on this second front-line, however, has been the yearly "Struggle to Survive the Winter," carried out during the national New Year's holiday, the

While the growth of the Work Site Struggle in Sanya clearly symbolizes a giant step in the revolutionary consciousness of Japanese day laborers, it has also made clearer than ever before the tenacious roots of the yoseba system in Japan and its vital importance to the Japanese economy. According to the struggle group members' own analysis of their experience, escalating attacks on the subcontracting system have consistently evoked greater and greater police and government intervention to unabashedly support and rescue those under attack. (Preparations for the 1974 Winter Struggle, for example, had to be carried out under surveillance of a 300-man Special Riot Force detachment.) Since May 1972, 160 members of the Work Site Struggle Group have been arrested and indicted on various charges (the flgure for Kamakyoto during the same period is 250). With the exception of the long-continuing and flerce struggle of Sanrizuka peasants to oppose the construction of an international airport at Narita, no other Japanese protest movement at the present time faces such intense state repression as the day laborer movement.