Tokyo’s 80-year-old former mayor Shintaro Ishihara has yet again courted controversy by remarking that “the Japanese are the only coloured race to make a modern nation” – by extension implying that China, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore and the rest are all pre-modern primitives.
Ishihara made the remarks in a recent spot of street oratory in support of his candidacy with Hashimoto’s Japan Restoration Party, into which he has insinuated himself after abandoning his post as mayor of Tokyo and “Sunrise Party”:
In modern times the only coloured race ["race of colour"] to make a modern nation are the Japanese.
This is all thanks to the wisdom and effort of the Japanese.
Our grandparents and great-grandparents started the Meiji Restoration, and made Japan into a modern nation.
The refusal to acknowledge Korea and China as modern nations (Taiwan and Singapore probably having escaped his addled mind or having been attributed to their colonial development at the hands of the superior Japanese and British) and his obvious satisfaction with the superiority of the Japanese have been taken as rather unsubtle slights directed at the noisome primitives populating the rest of Asia.
Ishihara is of course no stranger to race-baiting, during his long tenure as mayor of Tokyo having directed racially framed criticism towards Chinese and Koreans, whites, homosexuals, young people, otaku, and even the people of Tokyo who for some reason kept electing him.
Even some of the noisy net-rightists to whom he is a cherished fuhrer are having difficulty with such statements:
“Well, it’s true.”
“Is he really this senile now?”
“This guy seems only to care about aggravating Korea and China…”
“Talk about hubris.”
“Well, frankly we are just on a different level to China or Korea. They can try as hard as they like, they are just too different. There’s no need to drag us down to their level by lumping us together with them.”
“He may be right, but is this really the sort of thing you should be saying just before an election?”
“You shouldn’t be using racial distinctions the whites came up with themselves like that.”
“Just about everything this guy comes out with is infantile enough to have come from the lips of an elementary schooler.”
“Don’t bring race into it! The way he says it the whites who modernised first are the best race of all…”
“Those dirty Koreans were just a colony, after all.”
“He’s really showing his age. 10 years ago you could still believe this about China, but now who can really say that about them?”
“I don’t like to say this but with all this Japanese stuff Shintaro comes out with really sticks out. He lacks humility, and comes across as being as brash as the Chinese and Koreans he so hates.”
“I like him. Let’s leave aside his actual opinions though – isn’t it good how frank he is with his opinions? After the war these guys are few and far between.”
“The people around him are as horrible as he is so I doubt there’ll be any punishment for coming out with this.”
“The ‘coloured races’ stuff he comes out with – isn’t this all discriminatory to begin with?”
“So what if we were the fastest monkeys around when it came to copying everything the hairy barbarians did?”
“Wait, they made us a modern country? Even today we seem to be more a rotten feudal nation made up of nothing more than village bumpkins…”
“This old grandpa put his foot in his mouth again and admitted the whites are the best race of all…”
“He’s actually a white supremacist…”