Arama They Didn't

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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lady_mercury 14th-Mar-2011 04:46 pm (UTC)

tensaibaka 14th-Mar-2011 04:52 pm (UTC)
Where is A-chan's middle finger when we need one now?
devilhunter_04 14th-Mar-2011 04:58 pm (UTC)
All I can think right now about this is, what an idiot. I'm sure if I thought on it more I can think of a worse word to call him but I just can't comprehend that anyone would say anything so cold-hearted.
baka_hanyou 14th-Mar-2011 05:12 pm (UTC)
I can't wait to see what kind of divine punishment he gets for being a batshit crazy, insensitive bastard.
Seriously, Ishihara, GTFO already.
sue_ya3 14th-Mar-2011 05:12 pm (UTC)
People need to stop listening this man... srsly ._.
mintiemii 15th-Mar-2011 07:31 am (UTC)
Actually I dunno if people are listening to him enough- otherwise he probably wouldn't be in still . . .
didihime 14th-Mar-2011 05:13 pm (UTC)
This man.... OAO|||
chrismor 14th-Mar-2011 05:18 pm (UTC)
this remember me that will and grace joke XD

""KAREN: I like Philippines they are asian but not arrogant""
asweetsymphony 14th-Mar-2011 07:22 pm (UTC)
You clearly didn't go to my highschool then... xD
sakichi 14th-Mar-2011 05:28 pm (UTC)
I read this earlier on Sankaku. lol, just... lol. What an idiot.
p_jae 14th-Mar-2011 05:34 pm (UTC)
This is a truely outrageous statement to make.

Reminds of a time when some priest guy blamed the bad flooding in my country on gay marriage.
Except he wasn't in parliament, so he was just told to stfd.
gingerrangerftw 14th-Mar-2011 05:58 pm (UTC)
The very fact that he probably SINCERELY BELIEVES all the insensitive, idiotic crap he is saying now and has said in the past himself makes me want to cry.
I'm not religious, nor do I know much about religion, but surely NOBODY....and I mean NO SANE HUMAN BEING with the capability for empathy and feeling would ever wish death on other innocent human beings right?

Oh wait...
mikilove13 14th-Mar-2011 06:08 pm (UTC)
atelierlune 14th-Mar-2011 06:27 pm (UTC)
Ishihara doesn't care about Sendai people
neurotic_rat 14th-Mar-2011 06:18 pm (UTC)
I'm kind of questioning how credible a source Sankaku Complex is, because they were the ones known to not be thorough on their articles and stuff. Especially when the Anime-Manga Ban's rules were reported that the misinformation spread like wildfire...

Besides that: Ishihara, if it had been YOUR family, would you SAY the same thing you are saying? Seriously? And in this time? Just wow.. because as much as I'm a sympathetic person, I would not be sorry for you OR your family if they died during all this. As a Japanese myself, who has relatives in Sendai, and while they are safe, I have a cousin that isn't accounted for and I'm worried as fuck. So, no Ishihara, don't drag the name of 'god' into all this and be fucking happy that 'Japan got what it deserved.' Again, as a Japanese I say FUCK YOU and I will be sure to NOT vote for your old ass when the next election comes.
kimivalkyrie 14th-Mar-2011 06:57 pm (UTC)
No, it is legit. I looked it up on Asahi myself and they do have an article about it here. Though I do question their journalistic capabilities, they did get Ishihara's statement translated correctly.
inachan89 14th-Mar-2011 06:19 pm (UTC)
some people should be prevented from talking,so much shit in one line...
summerspace 14th-Mar-2011 06:20 pm (UTC)
chatting so much shhhhhhhhhit :/
I'd like him to actually MEET everyone affected THEN judge them. Hate weird explanations for a disasters like this, he is so stupid saying it's because 'japanese people are greedy' WTF seriously, i'd like him to make a MASSIVE donation so he can 'avail' himself.

Sorry for the rant arama :P <3
tsubasaash 14th-Mar-2011 06:30 pm (UTC)
to say something like that at a time like this...and the fact that he is JAPANESE...WTF.
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