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Abe literally worse than Hitler and other awful articles

There’s been two pretty bad articles recently, one by Jake Adelstein, and another by someone who could easily be his disciple. Let’s skim through and find the :facepalm: First, Jake:

The domestic press hasn’t been controlled by the state to this extent since, arguably, 1937.

Jake Adelstein hasn’t written a worse article since, arguably, 1973.

why the government didn’t seem particularly interested in saving the Japanese hostages in Syria.

That’s an interesting spin – one could claim that the reluctance to hand over $200 million indicated a lack of interest; is that what he wants to say, or is this just criticism for the sake of criticism?

A freelance journalist who attempted to go to Syria last month was even directly threatened with arrest.

That person was a photo-journalist, I believe, and there is an interesting argument about the right of free movement over the duty of the government to protect its citizens, but again, subtlety is abandoned for the sake of criticism.

The Asahi then also retracted important testimony on the disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, perhaps out of fear.

Nope, that is nonsense; it was retracted because it was false. Admittedly, the Asahi could have feared being made a laughing stock again, but that’s not what Jake is trying to falsely convince the reader of.

Kenji Goto, the journalist who was beheaded by jihadis after Abe’s Cairo speech.


Now, the Huffington Post:

Japan, it seemed, was increasingly uncomfortable with the nationalist alternative that Abe and others were offering. But Hatoyama himself lasted less than a year — in large part because of U.S. pushback against his unorthodox foreign policy positions 

That’s not why the DPJ got elected, and unless you could Okinawa as foreign, Hatoyama’s only unorthodox (is that a polite way of saying “insane”?) foreign policy was his East Asian EU, and he lasted less than a year due to cocking up Okinawa all by himself.

The visit sends […] a message to Japanese that this prime minister will push his constitutional agenda forward regardless of the domestic obstacles.

Really? It’s not like he came back and said that the ghost of Tojo told him to invade China.

Less publicized was his participation in an important Shinto ritual that happens every 20 years — the rebuilding of the Ise Shrine — that effectively blurred the distinction between religion and state.

That’s an, err, interesting way of describing it.

Last July, Abe issued a cabinet decision — the Japanese equivalent of a presidential order — that committed Japan to collective self-defense, which means that Tokyo can fight on behalf of allies even if Japan itself is not under attack.

That’s not the way I understand it, or at least there are sufficient checks and balances that say they can support allies attacked within Japanese territorial waters. (Of course, please correct me if I am wrong here.)

the Abe document would not just remove Article 9

No, the draft doesn’t remove it.

The rest about Okinawa is interesting, but it fails to mention that by delaying the Henoko project, Futenma is left sitting in the middle of the town it is in; that is a significant point, I feel. (Oh, as for the current test boring stuff, the crushing of coral by the concrete anchors needs to be addressed, and Abe’s speech for the opening of the Diet in January (I think it was) where he said something to the effect of Okinawa’s residents will be treated with respect has been shown to be empty words, but I’ve not seen anyone pick him up on it recently, either in English or Japanese.)

Woo-hoo, the apologists are doing rather well!

As pointed out by the too-difficult-to-spell-flower sniffer, Mr Arudou featured in a recent Asahi article. A few things caught my eye:

The owner, who received a phone call saying the sign was inappropriate, showed a new sign that will be displayed at the entrance. It says, “Japanese Language Only.”

Or indeed “In Appropriate”, and the casual reader might come to think that it was the person who did the phoning that was responsible for the changed sign, but Gimmieaflakeman knows better.

Arudou said he found more than 50 examples from around Japan of signs saying “Japanese Only” or “Foreigners are not allowed.”


 Half of the owners refused his request to take down their signs.

So, there are more than 25 “active” signs (that he is aware of), or on average less than one per prefecture, and this is what he is basing his dissertation on. On the other hand, 40 neo-Nazi scumbags from just the Kanto area (I presume) congregated in Ikebukuro to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Hitler’s birth and he laughed them off, basically. When’s the last time a “Japanese Only” sign threatened to kick your head in? Seems like mixed up priorities to me.

A bar in Kobe displayed a sign that said “Japanese People Only,” but removed it after receiving advice from a stranger.

“A very kind individual told me that the sign was not appropriate,” said the 51-year-old owner.

Chalk that one up to the apologists too, this time Sora.

I saved the most problematic point for last:

Arudou, who wrote his doctoral dissertation about discrimination in Japan at the University of Hawaii

As far as I am aware, he wrote it while attending the East-West Center which is indeed located at the University of Hawaii, but the casual reader would assume that he was actually enrolled at the University of Hawaii. I’m sure it is just the journalist being a bit confused, as Mr Arudou has previously taken Mike Guest to task for “misrepresent[ing] his own academic credentials”, so I eagerly await Mr Arudou publishing a correction on his own web site at the very least.

Oops, it seems I was wrong on the above point. Sorry about that, folks.

A Korean apologist speaks!

Looking at the annual "Gaijin (or whatever the Korean for it is), slag off the Japanese, win a cash prize" competition, I happened to notice in the sidebar an article entitled "‘Koreans are not racist’", but I hope I don’t sound like the apologising interviewee… It features some interesting comments like:

Koreans can be close-minded to issues of race and culture, but they know it and they want to learn

Racism is usually based on hate — Korea is nothing like that

Japan doesn’t count, obviously. :roll:

However, the comment I found the most interesting was this:

Despite his work with multicultural schools such as the Amerasian Christian Academy in Dongducheon, Gyeonggi Province, Yang believes segregated education is not a long-term solution.

What? Are Korean "multicultural" schools different from what we know in Japan as international schools? Indeed, looking at the Amerasian Christian Academy’s enrollment page it says:

Students wanting to enroll at ACA must be an international student (one or both parents must be a foreigner).

Is this common in Korea? Do such restrictions exist in Japan? I thought they welcomed anyone with a fat-enough wallet?

Anyway, I think English-language speakers in Korea are really lucky to have such a source of balanced views on Japan, and such wonderful photo montages. :headdesk:

Arudou, Kamei, and Godwin

Two connected stories for the price of one tonight. First, Just Be Cause should be out soon, but looking at the preview on Mr Arudou’s site, I count one :facepalm: error, a second probable error, and one misreading of the political cards, plus his article is now out of date, as we’ll see in story number two. First, the preview:

He suggested political alliances with other conservative reactionaries and xenophobes, including Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto and Tachiagare Nippon (Sunrise Party of Japan) chief Takeo Hiranuma (Just Be Cause, Feb. 2, 2010).

Well, it’s true he suggested them (I’ve not seen evidence that Hashimoto is a xenophobe, though), but last week it was pretty obvious that the chances of linking up with Hashimoto (and Your Party, which doesn’t get a mention) were low, and as one of the founders of the Sunrise Party, it’s hardly a shock that Ishihara is is talking to Hiranuma.

And all before a Lower House election that must be held within two months.

This is Revision 12, and neither you nor your editor have noticed anything wrong here?

He is in fact a hate-mongering racist bigot. This is the man, remember, who began his governorship by calling for foreigners to be rounded up on sight in the event of a natural disaster — for they might (unprecedentedly) riot!

Looking at the New York Times report, he didn’t say anything about rounding up or riots. His comments were, of course, objectionable, but misquoting him is not good form.

However, I seem to have found a more accurate report of his words, from a link off Wikipedia:


We get riots there, but no round-up.

Now, to the second part of the story, Ishihara’s quest for friends. He and Hashimoto had a rather unproductive meeting on Sunday in Kyoto, and on a news analysis corner this morning, Ishihara said something condescending like "Next time I’ll talk to his mother" (I didn’t quite catch the exact quote), but even more fun, Kamei, ex-People’s New Party, told Ishihara to FOAD, or in Japanese, 「一人で死ね」. That article also invokes Godwin’s Law, with this other quote:


I tentatively translate that as "There’s no Hitler in Japan right now, but if we carry on this way, Ishihara will become President Hindenburg."

Oh, and as a bonus, the Japan Times also prints responses to last month’s article.