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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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gashinenai 14th-Mar-2011 12:48 pm (UTC)
eliachun 14th-Mar-2011 01:09 pm (UTC)
What a lovely demotivator <3
yhchan 14th-Mar-2011 12:50 pm (UTC)
to think that he's jap.. Mooouu..shinjirarinai yo~
___varying 14th-Mar-2011 12:51 pm (UTC)
That is so freaking insensitive, I can't even.
xxxhikari 14th-Mar-2011 12:57 pm (UTC)

darlingpoppet 14th-Mar-2011 01:40 pm (UTC)
arsinoi 14th-Mar-2011 01:00 pm (UTC)
I hope this puts an end to his political career. It's not the first time he's being an asshole.
Seriously, does he hate the change in the Japanese traditional values this much that he had to say that? REALLY?
chrismellody 14th-Mar-2011 01:02 pm (UTC)
I know he's crazy and that statement is really inappropriate at time like this,
But people, calm the fuck down, get over it now. There are more important things which should get more attention at the moment. Just ignore this old man.
rainbow_yarn 14th-Mar-2011 04:06 pm (UTC)
We could ignore him if he weren't an elected official who is meant to represent the people.
dictionarysays 14th-Mar-2011 01:07 pm (UTC)
ocha_suki 14th-Mar-2011 01:07 pm (UTC)
hhmmmm...maybe he neva take natural science during the school time *thinkin hard*
fukyouwaon 14th-Mar-2011 01:13 pm (UTC)
go to hell
atelierlune 14th-Mar-2011 01:16 pm (UTC)
Hey Ishihara! When Hurricane Katrina put a tree through my aunt's house and killed all of those people in New Orleans, was that divine punishment too? Did we deserve that more, less or just as much as Sendai and the surrounding area deserved this earthquake?

I figured I'd ask because you seem to know about such things. :|
eitoholic 14th-Mar-2011 01:17 pm (UTC)
omg is he for fucking real?
To the people who are knowledgeable about japanese politics: is he well-liked by the population/media? How come he got reelected so many times? /ignorant
kimivalkyrie 14th-Mar-2011 09:32 pm (UTC)
The only reason that he got reelected so many times, to my belief is that nobody is really running against him :(
mintceres 14th-Mar-2011 01:18 pm (UTC)

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bamboolover 14th-Mar-2011 01:29 pm (UTC)
He's a disgusting excuse of a human being. How he has any political power is beyond me.
chinrico 14th-Mar-2011 01:35 pm (UTC)
actually, the quake and the tsunami, and the potential nuclear meltdown are retribution for electing this guy over and over again.
Japan, please listen to the divine.
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