Tokyo’s dear leader Shintaro Ishihara has accused his subjects of “having become a different race to the rest of the Japanese” after they angered him by refusing to display sufficient enthusiasm for his 2020 Olympic bid.


His comments come after the IOC surveyed citizens of the three candidate cities for the 2020 Olympics, and found support amongst the inhabitants of Tokyo (47%) significantly lower than those of Madrid (78%) and Istanbul (73%), which prompted Ishihara to start haranguing the people of Tokyo for “having become a barren race after satisfying their petty greed.”

He revisited the same theme at a later press conference:

“The people of the capital are extravagant. They no longer think of anyone but themselves. You know, they’ve become a different race to the rest of the Japanese people.”

At the same press conference, it was suggested to him that the low approval rating for the bid was due to dislike for him – to which he wryly responded: “If by quitting the approval rate would go up and the games’d come here, I’d quit tomorrow!”

The survey did not ask why the inhabitants of Tokyo were so ambivalent about hosting the world’s biggest televised sponsorship event, but it seems likely that in the absence of lust for national prestige, practical objections to spending billions of dollars of public cash on building extravagant sports facilities for the purpose of a single event whilst simultaneously swamping the city’s infrastructure with visitors and building work may weigh heavily on their minds.

Their apathy to the bid might be well founded – should Tokyo host the Olympics, Ishihara would rather the people of Tokyo stay away anyway: “If Tokyo gets the Olympics, the people of Tokyo needn’t come!” – words which may be familiar.

In matters not providing much opportunity to bash Korea or China, even 2ch is scathing of his latest senile outbursts:

“The real extravagance is squandering billions on this bid, isn’t it?”

“The Olympic bid is Ishihara’s petty greed…”

“Ah, so the people of Tokyo weren’t Japanese after all!”

“It’s quite funny listening to this guy bang on like this.”

“Nobody cares about the Olympics.”

“Since when did being opposed to hosting the Olympics become ‘extravagance’?”

“The old fool just wants to pour more cash into road building to help his friends in the construction industry.”

“A pawn of the banks, looking to further bury the nation in debt?”

“Classic example of the harm caused by these elderly fools. Anyone who doesn’t agree with him is no good or not even Japanese. Oh, wait, that’s just how people thought when he was young…”

“I don’t know about the benefits to the nation and business, but to the people of the capital it’s nothing but a hassle. Just a bunch of construction projects all over the place.”

“Ishihara thinks only of himself. He’s actually a good symbol for the people of Tonkin” [“Tonkin” is recent derogatory slang for Tokyo, based on either the Chinese or Vietnamese pronunciation of the “eastern capital” characters which make up the city’s name]

“Don’t call in a bunch of foreigners just when we’re expecting a huge earthquake under the capital…”

“He doesn’t care about the sports. He just wants an excuse to upgrade the city’s older infrastructure. If there’s a major quake the older stuff will be ruined.”

“He’s gotten full of himself after the Senkaku purchase declaration. I can sympathise over a territorial issue, but this is a different story. And if the people of Tokyo don’t attend, nobody from the regions is going to either!”

“If he doesn’t want them to come, he should hold it on the island he’s going buy down there.”

“How did the people of Tokyo elect this guy? He doesn’t even recognise them as being Japanese…”

“They elected him 4 times… pretty amazing really.”

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    Avatar of Rene
    Comment by Rene
    06:44 30/05/2012 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Just die old man. Just fucking die.

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    Comment by Ishmon16
    10:19 30/05/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Like he'll live to see 2020. (He old)

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    Comment by fre1gn
    20:31 30/05/2012 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    He is not that old by japanese standarts. There is a japanese granny 70 y.o. that climbed Everest not long ago (Google it)

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:50 31/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    At least she died doing what she wanted: climbing Everest.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:24 31/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    and to be slightly humourous, she probably had nothing to lose by climbing Mt. Everest.

    you know, the whole deal about reaching 70 that you're living on borrowed time.....

    Comment by Anonymous

    She died for it too....dumb bitch.

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    Comment by ChaosConsuming
    11:58 07/06/2012 # ! Neutral (-0.2)


    What are you talking about? there have been many occasions in America where people have lived to be over 110 years of age.

    In my opinion you're only old when you reach an age that nobody else has lived to see.

    Comment by Anonymous


    She's alive and kicking. Saw her give and interview about the climb yesterday.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:44 01/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    "The worst ones always live"

    God I love Game of Thrones.

    Avatar of ChaosConsuming
    Comment by ChaosConsuming
    11:54 07/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The worst ones also die hated and alone, while the good ones die with family and friends that remember and love them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:00 08/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    What if Eat-Shit-Hara lives of people's hate???
    Then he would be IMMORTAL !!!

    Comment by Anonymous

    Just a troller trollin his way across Tokyo >.>

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    Comment by Koyoto_Shadow
    11:25 30/05/2012 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    They see him trollin', they hatin'.

    Patrollin' and tryin' to catch him writing dirty.

    Avatar of Bayonette
    Comment by Bayonette
    09:36 30/05/2012 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    ...and he will troll until the end!

    Comment by Anonymous

    Do you how many times I want to say that to him. GOD I want him to die so badly after HE KILLED MY HENTAI AND ECCHI, MASSACRE THEM WITH CENSOR. I AM PISSED. I'm only 19 and I'm already saying, "Back in my days, Japan's hentai will SO UNCENSORED. NOW HE KILLED IT." I do wish his death will remove the world of his annoying censorship.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:19 30/05/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    honestly, his whole "censorship" stuff never amounted to much because he got distracted by the earthquake and all. Hentai and ecchi is the same as it was before Ishihara. I disagree with his beliefs and the restrictions he tried forcing on the market but to the western fan nothing really changed. Ecchi anime censors out the tits to improve bd sales. Hentai is still the same as its been for the past several years.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:24 31/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    got a point here. If you look at the ecchi anime that came out since than obviously no one gives a damn about the rantings of hateful old men.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:50 30/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Epic Fail comment

    Comment by Anonymous

    don't be trolled by Ishithara.

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    Comment by ArrowInTheKnee
    14:48 30/05/2012 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    In a few years, with his continuously racist comments there will be no one left in the world thats the same race with him. Actually scrap that, He was a Troll from the beginning..

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:40 30/05/2012 # ! Drivel (-0.7)

    And who's going to replace him, that fish-faced extremist?

    Sure, Ishihara is making things bad for everyone else, but he's still the better of the two.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:53 30/05/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Will "Figure Bukkake" become an Olympic sport in the foreseeable future?

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:36 30/05/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    it's not an olympic sport because it's already a reality show.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:58 30/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Create a scoring system for it and a way to show it live without backlash, and there may be hope.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:43 30/05/2012 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    I sick of seeing this motherfucker.

    Where the fuck is JFK's FUCKING KILLER WHEN YOU FUCKING HIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Anonymous


    FUCK HIM!!!

    Comment by Anonymous

    your comment gets funnier by the second. thanks for giving me a laugh IRL.

    Comment by Anonymous

    LOL incoherent rage fit - it's been a long time since i've seen an authentic one in sankaku. Aside from all those defensive yellow commentators that is...

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:52 30/05/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    I remember this one time, I saw this white guy get turned down at the door when he tried to walk into a pinsaro in Japan. He looked so sad, I just couldn't stop laughing. He was ready to pay with his own money to get laid, but he got rejected because he was white, lol

    Sorry, doesn't have anything to do with the topic. It does make for a good copypasta when you want to troll white weaboos though.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:36 30/05/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.3)


    ah, this time, i definitely found a sensitive white person =D

    funny how quickly that turned around, huh?

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:02 30/05/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    08:52 that's pretty well written, lol

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    Comment by velia
    08:38 30/05/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    lol@08:07. that's just kind of sad...

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:44 30/05/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)


    This is a site for adults; why is there a petulant child here?

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:58 30/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    ooo, i found another sensitive white person =D

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:54 30/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    08:36 lol upvoted himself and downvoted others to cover the shame of being slapped down by the side liner he thought to mess with.

    Really, what are you people doing? Entertaining show, but it's tiring to see same lines being thrown left and right.

    Comment by Anonymous

    08:52 Listen man...I know this is irrelevant to the post, but white people smell like shit and black people look like shit!

    +1 to the Asian man!!!

    Comment by Anonymous


    ...I was talking about yellow 'journalists' moron. Take your shitty pissing contest elsewhere.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:07 30/05/2012 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    07:58 LOL he jumped the shark and got owned. Way to demonstrate your insecurities sir. You demonstrated the 'defensive' part perfectly.

    Isn't it fun to watch these idiots?

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:13 30/05/2012 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    No you die moronic shit!

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    Comment by Assassinister
    07:42 30/05/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    wow didn't know the old geezer got a fan in sancom.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:43 30/05/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    you got fuck voted the fastest i've seen in a while.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:01 30/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Svrwe yo ushit head! I AM WARROIR!

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:14 30/05/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    At the same press conference, it was suggested to him that the low approval rating for the bid was due to dislike for him – to which he wryly responded: “If by quitting the approval rate would go up and the games’d come here, I’d quit tomorrow!”

    Please quit, Ishihara. You are warmly welcome by us to quit, old man.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:51 30/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    What kind of old geezers down in Japan vote for this hentai hating, porn writing hypocrite?

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:24 30/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    This guy should take a long term vacation. He's completely nutz!

    Comment by John Hayabusa
    06:38 30/05/2012 # ! Good (+0.3)

    Good Lord, not this guy again. Thank goodness for the Tokyo people for showing some sense and stopping him.

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    Comment by Noodlestein
    07:57 30/05/2012 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    So much sense they elected him 4 times.
    and I see another election going through because apparently the other candidates are no better than him.
    I feel sorry for Tokyo ;_;

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:32 01/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    The Japanese sure love being ironic and hypocritical it seems...isn't that just being tsundere then? That or they're masochists.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:01 30/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    die satanic shit!

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:05 30/05/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    You forgot the caps this time.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:33 30/05/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Everyone's so cold in Tokyo. He's right, but for the wrong reasons.

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    Comment by Powerpuff Loli
    08:53 30/05/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    No, they are just too rational. Olympics don't pay for themselves, you know. There's billions of dollars that have to be spent (e.g. $16 billions on Athens 04), and big chunk of that money comes from public subsidy.

    Olympics DO NOT generate profits. That's a cold hard fact. It creates jobs (and foreigners sure need hookers), sure, but most of them are dissolved after the event.

    Also, debt. It took Montreal 30 years to pay off its debt after 1976.

    The economy-conscious citizens of Tokyo know this and are aware that economic stability is more important.

    Ishihara just wants to have that star on his hat that says "I brought the Olympics to Tokyo", cause he'll likely be retired or dead by that time. Typical old people mentality: "Let the future generations worry about that".

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:41 30/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, everyone brings up Montreal 1976. But I wasn't talking about their low opinion of the Olympics, which I agree with--I was just saying people from Tokyo are cold! They never talk to me, whereas people from outside of Tokyo talk to me all the time.

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    Comment by Pyrus
    14:21 30/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    They're busy. And they see so many foreigners all the time that one more doesn't matter. The newness, excitement, and luster has worn off. Time for a new sideshow in their minds.

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