This is Part 25 of my philosophical series “Individualism between Moral and Virtues, Government and Religion”.
Fumiko Kaneko (1903-1926) was a Japanese political activist and philosopher. She developed a radical view on nihilism, based on her own experiences, as she was abandoned by her own family, had to struggle for education, and was mistreated by her relatives in Korea, where she got to see the misery that the Japanese colonial rule imposed on Korea. In 1922, she was introduced to Western philosophy by her closest friend, such as Max Stirner and Friedrich Nietzsche, but also Mikhail Artsybashev and Peter Kropotkin. Kaneko fought for gaining a career which was very restricted and almost impossible for women at that time, rebelling against the social conventions and her oppression. In 1926, Fumiko Kaneko committed suicide in her prison cell.