Ichigen koji (180)
Posted by ampontan on Sunday, September 23, 2012
– A person who has something to say about everything
The Japan Restoration Party led by Osaka Mayor Hashimoto Toru has been launched as a national party. Its logo shows Takeshima as Japanese territory. Hashimoto is the type who utters such absurdities as “There is no evidence that the Japanese army forcibly coerced the comfort women. If there is, South Korea should present it.”
The Japan Restoration Party is expected to win a substantial number of seats in the general election that will be held before long. It is possible they will work with the Liberal Democratic Party to take control of government. If that happens, the voices of the extreme right will grow that much louder.
Even if the Democratic Party were to retain control, the previous absurdities will become an established fact. It is likely there will be no withdrawal, even if more absurdities emerge. The territorial dispute with China is a product of the extreme right. As soon as Tokyo Metro District Gov. Ishihara announced his plan to purchase the islets, the Japanese government produced JPY 250 million as if they had been waiting for it and nationalized the territory. The state and far right politicians are now a group of plotters up to no good.
We ask the 120 million people of Japan: Will you only watch as Japan brings the extreme right to the forefront and you plunge to the level of a third-rate country? Will you forever miss the opportunity that the victims have allowed you?
– Bang Hyeong-nam, Dong-a Ilbo, 15 September
Bonus points to anyone who can find the Takeshima islets in the logo.