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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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karened 14th-Mar-2011 01:42 pm (UTC)
And I think HE embodies nothing but what he claims to have triggered this divine punishment.
mitsubachi_san 14th-Mar-2011 01:45 pm (UTC)
...and that was the end of his political career...
at least I hope that!!
yumatamago 14th-Mar-2011 02:00 pm (UTC)
I feel sorry for you, Mr. Ishihara, also the rest of Japan who got suffer because of this tenbatsu. My deep condolence goes to those who lost their life and family.
May Japan can revived quickly from this.
(no subject) - Anonymous
the_lilone 14th-Mar-2011 02:27 pm (UTC)
omg honestly I thought you meant "this guy is crazy right" instead of "this guy is crazy, right?" and I was shocked for just a second.....
nancydrew070187 14th-Mar-2011 02:00 pm (UTC)
please, just stop.
awkward_as_heck 14th-Mar-2011 02:04 pm (UTC)
*Ring ring*
Ishihara: Yes?
God: Dude, stop speaking for me, you're ruining my street cred.
*Dial tone*

Just what we need, some asshole claming it was divine retribution.

Some of my friends had to evacuate not knowing if their houses would be there when they got back. My parents and a lot of my friends parents were terrified for our safety until we could check in. My co-workers are worried about friends and family. People died for pity's sake and all this asshole can do is say it's divine retribution.

This fucker deserves a divine ass kicking.
thefortysecond 14th-Mar-2011 02:09 pm (UTC)
Hoshit, can I please please quote you? Like, everywhere?
kanaala 14th-Mar-2011 02:08 pm (UTC)
seriously what's wrong with this guy. i rarely ever encountered a person in my life who pisses me off as much as he does.

also such comments do not help anyone. so why not keep your mouth shut. some people just don't know when to shut up...
tabemassu 14th-Mar-2011 02:09 pm (UTC)
Wait...what?
tsumi_riina717 14th-Mar-2011 02:17 pm (UTC)
I can't even :/
oronoda 14th-Mar-2011 02:19 pm (UTC)
Sigh. There is one in every country.
dyan1219 15th-Mar-2011 06:00 am (UTC)
True true. It just makes me sad that he represents Japan's capital city. :(
the_lilone 14th-Mar-2011 02:25 pm (UTC)
Wrong time, wrong thing to say. To have a JAPANESE say it at this time is just so cruel. They're supposed to support each other if anything. Even if he had something to say.... just not now. And not ever that publicly if he's even thinking about "running" for another term. Not cool dude.
helsings 14th-Mar-2011 02:37 pm (UTC)
I bet he'd be saying something completely different if he and his family were directly affected...
sabaku_no_leti 14th-Mar-2011 02:59 pm (UTC)
kkastic 14th-Mar-2011 03:00 pm (UTC)
haha as bad as what the foreign minister (the one sitting in Luxembourg) first seemed to have said when the earthquake and tsunami struck; 'oh my God all my vases and my wine!' :P idiots....
karinablue_rose 14th-Mar-2011 03:07 pm (UTC)
And I thought that only Christian fundamentalists in America say this kind of shit.I think that he isn't going to get re-elected this time.
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