Yes, it’s that time of the month again. Let’s start off with the phrase that has appeared in almost all (well, that’s the way it feels, anyway) of his recent columns:
an irradiated food chain
Ampontan recently posted this quote:
Putting aside the emotions that arose immediately after (the Fukushima nuclear accident), the people who still make a ruckus because “radiation is frightening” are publicly declaring, “I am an idiot.”
Then there’s this quote:
Known as the "fragile superpower,"
When has Japan ever been a superpower? Googling that phrase tells me it is the title of a book about China!
Through glib texts to the general public, [Toru Hashimoto] stated in essence that the "comfort women" wartime sexual slavery issue had not been resolved by Japan’s official acknowledgment of the historical evidence in 1993 (something Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also asserted but later retracted).
I’m sure it will be news to the South Koreans that the Kono Statement "resolved" the comfort women issue.
The ensuing suspicion of "outsiders in our midst" helped stem the tide of Japan’s internationalization and diversification, as Japan’s foreign-resident population, after an unbroken 48-year rise, began falling.
It was the irradiated food chain previously, and the economic downturn before that. Please stick with one reason.
A mere three years later, people seem disappointed that the Democratic Party of Japan couldn’t undo a half-century of embedded LDP cronyism.
Nope, that’s not why "the people" are disappointed.
Hashimoto also launched his ominously named Japan Restoration Party, which has few policy aims except the proactive defense of Japanese sovereignty and territories.
Let’s see what his Ishin Hassaku says:
Err, wait a minute… Actually, it’s pretty hard for me to find a list of his policies, so proper links welcome.
But now that even the Japanese media have started adopting the jingoistic tone of "restoring" Japan
Eh? Links please! I thought most of the Tokyo press is pretty negative towards Hashimoto. Or are you assuming that anyone who supports Japan’s claims on these islands is automatically a revisionist/restorer?
Now with boats clashing prows and loosing water cannon at each other because of ocean specks
He mentioned Takeshima at the head of the article, but there’s none of that going on there.
By then, history will have taught Japan’s governing elites the folly and waste of clashing over petty nationalistic goals. If there is any hope.
What is he saying here? He hopes that Japan goes to war and gets it arse kicked again? I cannot really parse anything else out of that statement.