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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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inuhariko 14th-Mar-2011 06:38 pm (UTC)
What a complete loon.
shavashava 14th-Mar-2011 06:39 pm (UTC)
reading this and listening to NHK from another tab makes me feel so sick.


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kimivalkyrie 14th-Mar-2011 07:12 pm (UTC)
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 just... yeah, no no no no no no no.
yasmine2009 14th-Mar-2011 07:15 pm (UTC)
Bitch say wah?

NO...
asweetsymphony 14th-Mar-2011 07:23 pm (UTC)
That just cost him his career. We can hope.
kotomichi 14th-Mar-2011 07:34 pm (UTC)
shut the fuck up.

i love that the japanese on twitter agree → #ishihara_damare :')

also, just a while ago, his wiki page described him as a japanese racist and hypocrite, lol. too bad it's already been edited. i should've made screencap. :c
mikilove13 14th-Mar-2011 07:51 pm (UTC)


Yay for wiki's history page.
cherrylng 14th-Mar-2011 07:40 pm (UTC)
WTF... I'm finding reports that more people are dying, still missing and THIS IS WHAT HE SAYS?!

This tsunami represents a good opportunity to cleanse this greed, and one we must avail ourselves of.
I wish that tsunami could've cleanse away those racist idiots and somebody like you...
thingofshadows 14th-Mar-2011 08:20 pm (UTC)
wtf wait, no, why are you still talking?
I guess you can always count on someone to bring up the old "it's punishment for our sins" trope after a huge natural disaster. Sigh.
aammmyyy 14th-Mar-2011 08:39 pm (UTC)
... GET OUT OF OFFICE.
ayarashi 14th-Mar-2011 09:07 pm (UTC)
. . . eh? Just shut up already! >.>'


katzsong 15th-Mar-2011 02:44 am (UTC)
KICK HIM OUT OF THE OFFICE, NINO! and go run for governor instead. KAZUNARI FOR DREEEAM! I'll vote! though I live nowhere near Japan. Online vote ok? haha
emeraldtenshi 14th-Mar-2011 09:11 pm (UTC)
I facepalmed so hard I'm pretty sure it left a mark.
manriikyo 14th-Mar-2011 09:27 pm (UTC)


Who else is in favor of trending #stfu_ishihara???
kimivalkyrie 14th-Mar-2011 09:29 pm (UTC)
Beautiful gif.

And the Japanese have been using #ishihara_damare, which is pretty much that.
nyankee 14th-Mar-2011 09:33 pm (UTC)
It's pretty fucktastic, but I don't understand why anyone is surprised. Look who said it.

I mean, really. This is Ishihara we're talking about. This is the xenophobic man who claims the Nanking Massacre never happened, and thinks menopausal and post-menopausal women are "committing a sin and being useless" ... among other things.

Why are we even giving him press anymore?


I can sentence structure today, I promise.
ida_lawliet 14th-Mar-2011 09:34 pm (UTC)

wicked_seraph 14th-Mar-2011 09:42 pm (UTC)
What a worthless shitstain.

Just. Fucking hell, the complete lack of empathy required to say something like that is unfathomable.
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