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11:44 am - 03/14/2011

Ishihara: “Quake is Divine Retribution Against Japan”

Former novelist and governor of Tokyo Shintaro Ishihara has proclaimed the recent earthquake and tsunami are divine punishment (“tenbatsu”) for the sinful depravity the Japanese people now embody.

Asahi press club journalists quote him as saying the following when asked “How should the Japanese people view the quake?” in connection with the recent power trouble:

The identity of the Japanese people is greed.

This tsunami represents a good opportunity to cleanse this greed, and one we must avail ourselves of.

Indeed, I think this is divine punishment.

When asked by an incredulous journalist as to whether this was an imprudent utterance better not reported, he responded “It may be harsh for the victims to hear, but I want you to take it down and report it.”

He is currently running for his 4th term.

sankaku complex (nsfw)

mods, I edited the wording slightly because it might be triggering for some. and just... /facepalm to eternity.

edit: Regarding Sankaku - I do realise they're nto the most reliable source however I did have half a mind of translating the actual Asahi article this comes from but that made me even more enraged because he says more idiotic things like "America's identity is liberty. France's identity is liberty, equality and fraternity. Japan doesn't have any sense of that. Just greed. Greed for nothing but money." and "This selfishness is also bound with populism. This tsunami washing everything away was necessary. For many years the hearts of Japanese people have been with the devil." It's enough to make you wonder why there are people like HIM, seriously.
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mamooh 14th-Mar-2011 04:40 pm (UTC)
this is so fitting somehow
spitfire_bijoux 14th-Mar-2011 12:18 pm (UTC)
He should really shut up. >.
chibi_rei 14th-Mar-2011 12:18 pm (UTC)
Running for a 4th term, eh?
Not anymore you ain't.
flightbyzephyr 14th-Mar-2011 01:15 pm (UTC)
piemin 14th-Mar-2011 12:19 pm (UTC)
that's not appropriate man. it's not your family who died!
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kimivalkyrie 14th-Mar-2011 12:21 pm (UTC)
If this was Facebook, I'd like this comment.
supersaiyananf 14th-Mar-2011 12:22 pm (UTC)
kananyan 14th-Mar-2011 02:08 pm (UTC)
vivimon 14th-Mar-2011 12:22 pm (UTC)
I guess that's the point where people wll go against him...
Damn... even if you want to state such an oppinion.. at least wait until the worst is over..
meiachii 14th-Mar-2011 12:24 pm (UTC)
Would you say the same thing if it was your family that got killed? That your family was greedy and deserved this sort of tenbatsu? No one deserved this, sir!
chiboula 14th-Mar-2011 08:01 pm (UTC)
dama_heiko 14th-Mar-2011 12:26 pm (UTC)
He is absolutely out of his mind. He could say everything else, why work hard to make people feel worst than they are? It's a tragedy, maybe he didn't notice it.
berrychappy 14th-Mar-2011 12:29 pm (UTC)
What the hell is he talking about?

Isn't it a little harsh from the gods if they punish everyone who is not greedy and actually are completely innocent?

Is he also the one who endorsed the law about banning r-rated manga in Japan?
anduril_narsil 14th-Mar-2011 12:44 pm (UTC)
I was about to ask the same thing, since I believe, yes. He's the same one that instructed all BL manga to be removed (or something). Guy obviously depraved of porn in his life to state such speech.

Which is funny, cos, erm... is that naked figures behind him or what?
exdream1999 14th-Mar-2011 12:36 pm (UTC)
While not Japanese, as someone residing in Japan currently, I say this on behalf of the people of Japan:

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gashinenai 14th-Mar-2011 12:46 pm (UTC)
/saves gif
soundczech 14th-Mar-2011 12:38 pm (UTC)
renai21 14th-Mar-2011 12:38 pm (UTC)
I can't believe it. Is this guy for real?
gabucha26 14th-Mar-2011 12:44 pm (UTC)
There are no words for this...I guess he wont be around for a new term

Maybe this dude should befriend those trolls that keep bringing pearl harbor
shroomko 14th-Mar-2011 12:47 pm (UTC)
Not that up to speed in Japanese politics, but how the hell did this jerk get elected in the first place?! And then repeatedly reelected... >_>
kenshin_dono 15th-Mar-2011 03:32 am (UTC)
MTE - but then I live in a place that elected GWB as governor and had since re-elected his slimy, evil, self serving asshole appointed governor Rick "good hair" Perry *spits* twice.
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