The founder of what is now Japan’s third largest party, Tooru Hashimoto, has given an outraged response to the suggestion that any American could possibly call Japan right wing, saying a nation with such a huge army and nuclear weapons which brazenly violated the sovereignty of Pakistan to kill Osama bin Laden has no business calling Japan right wing.

A post-election press conference saw an American reporter attempt to quiz JRP quasi-leader Tooru Hashimoto on his international views – the exchange as reported by the Japanese press:

Overseas the election has attracted a lot of attention, with the Japan Restoration Party having quite a right wing image. What are your views on diplomacy?

If you say the JRP is moving to the right, what can you say of the USA with its army and nuclear weapons?

When they killed bin Laden they freely trampled another country’s sovereignty. Compare that to the JRP, and who is right wing?

I’d think anyone would consider what it is to involve nuclear weapons.

I’d like you to tell me what you consider right wing in the first place?

Syria is a in terrible state. Has the JRP made any statement with respect to its views on Syria?

Well, I’d like America to abandon nuclear weapons and turn its army into a self defence force.

Japan is protected by the USA’s nuclear umbrella, we’re grateful for that, and think we must deepen the US-Japanese relationship.

I’m against the possession of nuclear weapons, but it is too irresponsible for the government just to ignore their existence and pretend they don’t exist.

Something like the nuclear simulation Ishihara proposes is a matter of course, I think.

After this response the reporter apparently thought better of asking any further questions.

Japanese reporters could not help but note he had declined to answer any of the actual questions posed, instead launching into tirades based on the nationality of the asker.

Worse yet for Hashimoto, he had just replied to a reporter from the ‘Japan Times’ – an independent English-language newspaper established in 1897 in Tokyo and sold exclusively in Japan, known for a generally facile pro-Japanese slant extending all the way to shameless wartime propaganda condemning the evil of the Allies and the heroism of kamikaze pilots:


Recordings show that he had never even heard of the rag, but also that he had trouble grasping the fact there was an English language paper published in Japan which was not owned by the evil foreign media – he eventually settled for extracting the nationality of the reporter, and using that as a basis to bash America:

The translated pre-amble to his rant:

“Which paper was that?”

“Japan Times.”

“Times… which country’s paper was that?”

“A Japanese English-language newspaper.”

“Where is your head office?”

“Our head office is in Tokyo.”

“Where is your foreign head quarters? Times, isn’t that American?”

“The Japan Times is a Japanese English-language newspaper.”

“Nothing to do with the other Times?”

“Nothing to do with the New York Times at all.”

“What nationality are you, reporter?”

“I’m American.”

He then launched into the main body of his outburst.

He also seems not to have reflected on the fact his own party’s choice of PM advocates Japan obtaining nuclear weapons.

The Japan Restoration Party did well in Japan’s recent general election, the 57 seats they netted making them the third party, although they were disappointed with the result, having both expected significantly more and having managed to badly botch their campaign.

The election resulted in a strong return for the LDP and the virtual collapse of the DPJ, though with only a 60% turnout and only 30% of the electorate actually voting for the LDP, it would seem only the most addled (or 2ch posting) Japanese expect much more than a few more years of stagnation and another half dozen useless prime ministers from the LDP.

In the international media Hashimoto has routinely been described as “right wing” and “populist,” although within Japan generally only leftist critics have explicitly referred to him as such.

His favoured policies do not cleanly fit the usual obsessions of Japan’s nationalist fringe – along with staunch defence of Japan’s territories he has also expressed interest in providing a “basic income,” breaking the power of the civil service (probably the real reason for his attacks on tattooed civil servants) and reorganising the Japanese government along decentralised federal lines.

However, after incorporating Tokyo’s famously racist and outspoken mayor Shintaro Ishihara into his party just before the election – along with his own remarks that Japan “needs dictatorship” – such labels begin to seem more appropriate.

The fact that Ishihara was actually made formal leader of the JRP and would therefore apparently be their choice for prime minister had they actually won (Hashimoto remains “acting leader” but is still mayor of Osaka and so cannot take a parliamentary seat) also looks likely to have given much or the nation, to say nothing of the world, nightmares.

Online, Hashimoto’s outspoken antics continue to attract a mixed reaction:

“If you’re worried about countries drifting to the right, start with your own damn country.”

“He’s completely right. The overseas media goes on and on about Japan turning right wing, despite all of those nations already having huge armies themselves.”

“China and Korea are the ones always going on about Japan going rightwards, yet they are both far more extreme to begin with!”

“Japan is actually far to the left of virtually all other nations.”

“I don’t see many other nations which no army and have given up the right to declare war in all but self-defence.”

“Answering a question with a question, eh?”

“I’ll give it to him for telling a hairy barbarian where to get off, but the rest is nothing but rubbish.”

“I guess he has not noticed just how right wing he has become.”

“He’s not actually engaging in a conversation at all. Despite the fact they were discussing Japanese domestic politics, he suddenly brings up America and starts saying he isn’t right wing? Really?”

“This traitor also said we reach an accommodation over the comfort women issue, pursue joint control of Takeshima, and continue offering apologies to China and Korea!”

“War and being right wing are two different things. He shows how uncouth he is by not grasping this distinction.”

“Why is he answering a question about Japan by going on about America?”

“It may have been an awful question, but what of completely ignoring it like that? This is the kind of guy who’d make himself a dictator if he got in.”

“He’s the strong leader I’ve been waiting for!”

“Hashimoto is always right.”

“Was the reporter a Korean-American?”

“The reporter was a bit of an idiot for bringing up Syria though.”

“In fairness the reporter did only say that the JRP has that image overseas, not that it is actually right wing.”

“I’ve seen the video – he was just belligerent towards the reporter. Maybe he just has no experience talking to foreigners.”

“The questioner was just some hairy barbarian, there’s no need to take him seriously. The mass media are all scum anyway.”

“He always just attacks the person asking him the question and then goes off on a tangent when they politely follow through with another different question. This guy couldn’t even manage a 2ch-level debate.”

“These guys are worse than the DPJ. It was bad enough with just Hashimoto, but with Ishihara as well now they are laughing stocks…”

“He’s actually left wing. Just replace ‘restoration’ with ‘revolution’ and you’ll see what he’s about.”

“I can see why he’d be annoyed. By internal Japanese standards, yes, things have gotten more right wing. But Japan is still far to the left of America by all their standards.

The reporter ignores this and just describes the JRP to an American audience as ‘right wing’ anyway.

Don’t their lying media have any shame? Considering the Spanish-American war, I guess not.”

“Well, in Japanese ‘right wing’ and ‘restoration’ [‘ishin’] have two completely incompatible meanings. The Meiji Restoration was based on ‘restoring’ the emperor to power, but what it really described was a revolution. A revolution is the very opposite of what the ‘right wing’ or ‘conservative’ want.”

“The issue is that ‘restoring imperial rule’ inevitably gets perceived as ‘right wing’ overseas.”

“Even Abe-chan is getting written up as a rightist overseas. Hashimoto’s choice of naming alone has led to them being treated as extreme right from the start.”

“The ‘restoration’ naming, is taken to mean restoring imperial rule and by extension imperialism overseas, leading to it being seen as ultra-nationalist.”

“He should really have called it the ‘Japan Revolution Party’ in English. But what can you expect from a man whose grasp of English is limited to ‘guddo moruningu’?”

“I was astonished he had never even heard of the Japan Times. It’s not some random American paper like you guys seem to think…”

“Who cares if he never heard of them?”

“If a politician has never heard of a major newspaper it seems an issue. It is a famous paper, would have been available to anyone at university and their publications are widely used in English language courses. Maybe people of your level wouldn’t know about it, but it’s hard to believe a Waseda graduate like Hashimoto would not know of it.”

“What a moron. He heard ‘Times’ and assumed it was the New York Times, not even realising that is a common title for newspapers in English.

He then interrogates the reporter on his nationality and uses that to attack his country, it’s shameless. And being on the Japan Times staff he’s probably a total Japanophile to start with anyway.”

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    Comment by Shima-kun989
    07:01 18/12/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    I've had enough politics for the next 40 years, left-wing/right-wing..... does it even matter? i'd say no matter who gets elected (especially if there are more than 2 candidates), that the MAJORITY of people will still be pissed off.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:48 18/12/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    However, people like Ishihara and Hashimoto are dangerous for Japan's foreign policy. They never belonged in politics and and they should've been made to stay far away from it.

    Then again, the fact that these motherfuckers are being elected for having the school of thought akin to the relics from WWII days mean that there are a lot of Japanese supremacists in Japan.

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    Comment by ChaosConsuming
    10:02 23/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Point well put Anon 8:48

    Most of the reason why America disarmed japan is because we didn't want people like Hashimoto being able to drive the country back into a massive war, thus repeating much of WWII.

    For as long as people like them are even considered capable of handling governmental powers with any kind of responsibility, or much less sanity, Japan will continue to be disallowed to have an army.

    Also hashimoto might want to read up on the nuclear disarmament treatise between America and Russia before he assumes what Americas opinion is of nukes.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:29 18/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wing-nut is too lenient a term for them. It's pure idiocy.

    Thankfully, at this rate, people like them will select themselves out of the gene pool, possibly with the help of China (which is left wing, not right, btw, left wing right wing : Communist Fascist).

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:59 18/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fascism has nothing to do with conservative or liberal economic philosophies. No true fascist country throughout history has been capitalist. Nazi Germany, one of the best examples of a fascist state, had a relatively government controlled economy with many state run corporations.

    The terms "Right Wing" and "Left Wing" are mostly misnomers because they only really describe economic issues at best. Both common United States parties pick and choose which social issues to fight for.

    It is better represented everything with two axis, libertarian-statism, liberal-conservative, which describe your stances on social issues vs stances on economic issues respectively.

    In the past though, liberal economic philosophies have always been based in capitalism, while conservative ones have represented state controlled systems. Sometime during the 1800's, the terms switched, at least in the US.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:02 18/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    lmao China is about left wing as a piece of shit from a fascists. China is not communist, its far more capitalists. Even the concept of a communist state is an oxymoron, because real communism is no state. Also China believe Stalin was the last communist and follow his approach more, and Stalin was a authoritarian fascist and certainly not left wing.
    Communism isnt just one thing, so many sub branches and orthodox and reformers. Plus the idea of communism sounds nice (pure equality for all- think star trek) so dictatorships can easily pretend they are something they now. Combined with it being Doublespeak. So no China is not left wing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:46 18/12/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    China is Communist and Capitalist.
    Many people do not realize that "communism" describes a "system of government," an "economic policy," and an ideology at the same time. It is possible to have a communist government along with a capitalist economic system (China).
    This is different from "capitalism" in that capitalism can only be used to describe an economic system.
    All economic policies and government systems can be "mixed and matched." Some of these are mutually exclusive on a ideological basis (communism and capitalism). But real life is different.

    A "communist state" is not an oxymoron when using the system of government definition. Ideology does not equate government or economic policy.

    Stalin is not facist at all. Authoritarian, yes, but not facist. Fascism is considered to be far right and its principles are authoritarian rule, mixed economy dependent on private ownership, and strong nationalism.

    Communism is generally considered far left. Especially when considering the ideology. If you look at the general policies of communist governments, they have been: equal rights for women, atheism, government regulation of prices, big government, no private ownership, universal health care, guaranteed employment, communal social structure, safety > privacy (reduced privacy), etc.
    Many of these policies follow the left side of the political spectrum in nations like the USA and UK.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:54 18/12/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Nice strawman, you've got there. Communism is an ideology centred around a classless society. China is the exact opposite of that, and it clearly doesn't intend to change. Calling it communist state is an oxymoron.

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    Comment by Shima-kun989

    it took me like 10 years between reading the book and finding out what doublespeak actually means.

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    Comment by cats2
    12:22 18/12/2012 # ! Good (+0.5)

    "Overseas the election has attracted a lot of attention,"


    Seriously, lol...

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    Comment by ChaosConsuming
    10:18 23/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    cats2 I couldn't tell if you were being sarcastic but if you watched the news you would have known that there where celebrations in many countries around the world when Obama was re-elected.

    Fucking seriously, nobody in the entire world (outside of the moronic republicans) wanted Mitt to get elected.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:51 24/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anyone who wanted EITHER of those two, is a moron.

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    Comment by ChaosConsuming
    15:04 24/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes, it would have been nice to have a third choice.

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    Comment by ChaosConsuming
    10:19 23/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just think Romney = Bush 3.0

    Do you think the world wanted that?

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:02 18/12/2012 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    Funny how they think 'taking slight notice' = WE ARE THE CENTER OF THE WORLD ATTENTION.

    Fucking retarded slanty eyes.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:49 18/12/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I was expecting to see a Christian Bale level tirade - but alas, Japanese are reserved as always.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:09 19/12/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Personally I am disappointed yet not surprised that most of Japan has a low opinion of us Americans. Not all of us are the right-wing, cheeseburger chomping, bible thumping, gun loving, fat, racist, rednecks many countries think they we are. I personally support Japan's push for more soveriegnty and kicking the crap out of those Chinese animals. I would much rather us be trade partners with just Japan and get out of China. Also I wish my fellow Americans who are still so butt hurt about pearl harbor need to get the f*** over it! If our education system was half of what the Japanese one is we would be far better off. Hopefully one day the USA and Japan can be better friends.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:31 19/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think you need to get over it, weaboo shit.

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    Comment by Pyrus
    13:38 19/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    The only thing really wrong with the American education system is our attitude towards it: Kids that come to school who would rather goof off than learn; parents that expect teachers to keep order, but who don't want the teachers to touch their kid even if it's their kid that's causing a problem; teachers always asking for more money even in school districts that don't get enough funding and sometimes can't even provide proper learning materials for everyone -- and lots of other junk I probably haven't heard yet.
    The Japanese as a whole doesn't want to be better friends with the U.S. We're currently useful, but we're the foreign savages that emasculated their proud military and sovereign self-image and they would love to turn the tables and exact revenge.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:04 24/12/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    What a dupe. There's a lot more wrong with our (American) education system than people goofing off rather than trying to learn. The real problem with our education system is that it is all federal government controlled propaganda. It's nothing but an indoctrination / brain-washing center. Our school textbooks contain distortions of fact, and even out right lies. History is the one thing our school system distorts and lies to us about the most.

    Think I'm kidding? Take any major historical event, read a public school history book on the subject. Then go crawl through the American National Archives and read the official government documents written at the time of the event. The official documents hidden away in the archives refute the narrative of almost every major event in our school history books.

    Our history books are exactly like our politicians. "Professional looking" long winded lying scumbags!

    Comment by Anonymous

    "Japan's push for more soveriegnty and kicking the crap out of those Chinese animals."

    Thanks for reinforcing the image that there are racist, violent loving, hypocritical and complete ignorant japanophile Americans still out there.

    Well done representing Americans...

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:47 18/12/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    why do the japanese always want nukes? they dont have any oil... they dont need an insurance against being invaded by the u.s. <.< thats the only reasonable thought of possessing nukes xD

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    Comment by Pyrus
    12:08 18/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    They want the nukes to shoot at China, Korea, & Russia...at the very least.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:21 18/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not exactly, they want the nukes because they know eventually the US will get tired of their shit and cancel their protection treaties, and they really don't like their prospects against the other countries in Asia they've been badmouthing for decades.

    Their only hope would be nuclear deterrence.

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    Comment by Mauvais
    19:00 19/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Thank you, Anon. The key word here is "deterrence". Countries these days don't want nukes so they can destroy others. They want so they can -threaten- to destroy others. So they can tell their enemies that they -also- have nukes.
    People online are always going on about solving "Problem X" with a Big Boy to the face. The reason no one can do this is because, the moment a country uses a nuclear weapon on another, allies of the second country can turn and do it right back at them. And then everyone is flinging nukes.

    See also: Mutually Assured Destruction. I swear, this was in the JHS textbooks.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:47 24/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    There are only 9 nations that owns nuke if you count North Korea. I don't see them threaten the other hundred or so non-nuclear capable nations. Sound more like a case of insecurity/over compensation.


    In order to have any deterrent for HUGE nations, Japan would need a lot of missiles to blanket all the target cities in the double digits. Nukes also needs a lot of maintenance to keep working. These are not cheap toys. Japan is welcome to join the cold war and to bankrupt themselves even more.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:20 18/12/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I'll never understand why websites and people interested in Japan are so turned off by Japan wanting to be more assertive/independent. You like Japan, right? Or do you just like the Japan that America controls?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:44 19/12/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Wanting to be more? No, they want to be less...

    If these right-wing nuts get their way, anime and manga will be banned, reporters from free press will be jailed or worse like during WWII, and Japan will be a smoking crater (or do you seriously think Russia and China will allow a WWII axis nation to acquire nukes?).

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:06 18/12/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Interest in anime does not necessarily mean interest in Japan. The subcultures centered around it are quite unlike the mainstream Japanese society.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:04 20/12/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Maybe if you kept your radiation and trash from floating across the damn pacific we would be happier.

    We had to clean up your fucking mess and back your irresponsible selves when your politicians were too busy bickering and covering ass to keep a god damn nuclear plant from blowing up.

    If you want to be equals, start by paying us for the full amount of money for deployment of US troops that act as guarantors of your security against rabid neighbors who want to rape your women.

    Or stop protesting in the thousands when one bitch of yours gets raped but not a sound when she gets raped by one of yours.

    You got a big mouth and nothing to back it up with other than delusional bitching fest.

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    Comment by ChaosConsuming
    10:07 23/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Though you put it crudely I do agree with what you said Anon.

    There is obviously a double standard going on in japan.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:46 18/12/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.1)

    There's nothing wrong with a healthy Japan...
    But this story isn't about that: it's about a hypocritical, lying, deceitful, stupid, idiotic and selfish politician. Who got caught with his pants down.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:11 18/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    This, so much oh god this. This article is about a stupid ass politician who can't answer questions straight, seems to have no idea what's going on around him and just rambles insults instead of defending his position.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:11 18/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    This. Please learn more about the person at hand before commenting.

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    Comment by Shima-kun989

    and according to their logo, Japan IS the whole world, and apparently Hokkaido isn't allowed in.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:21 18/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    There's being independant then there's "Fuck you, I can do whatever I damn well please!".

    We do not want another Imperial Japan for one. With the politicians they have now, it wouldn't be surprising if we hear in the news that Japan has gone and attacked Korea or China. All at the whims of pandering to the fearful masses....That is IF they became truly independant.

    Can't say for everyone here, but I'm not naive and gullible enough to think Japan is all giant robots, big titty highschool girls and honorable samurai's. They produce some awesome stuff; can't say the same about their attitudes and social constructs.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:58 19/12/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    "Blah blah blah hairy barbarians."

    Fuck you, beards are awesome.

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    Comment by kajunbowser
    07:52 18/12/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    LOL, while it seems that 'murica (as some people satirically call it on the internet today) is moving a bit further left these days, a Japan that has members of the Diet and Governors that will censor anime, manga and games would be (in our eyes) being "right-wing" as he puts it. That's not to say that the political systems in Japan are totally similar.

    Also, it seems that Hashiboke answered the reporter's questions like "President" of Iran after he said he was American. And I thought he was a piece of work. Things aren't much better here either. Team Red and Team Blue keep BSing over people's heads and yet we still have to deal with this crap for another four years while Team Blue stays peacock arrogant.

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    Comment by Shima-kun989

    i wonder which team is the "stop making useless bills and wasting taxpayers money" team?

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    Comment by Gitami
    05:10 20/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Both team just love to sabotage each other's bill and then come right back with the same bill and claim as their own.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:41 18/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Apparently not japan.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:57 18/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not in amurica either, lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:08 18/12/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.1)

    The thing all tinpot dictators, warlords and would-be genocide perpetrators have in common is holding national sovereignty sacred, even more than morality and the well-being of their citizens. Wouldn't want any other countries interfering in their plans!

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:03 18/12/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Any ideology can be exploited as long as it has a number of blind followers behind it.

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    Comment by R団カビゴン

    Take your conspiracy theories and go to bed in your fallout bunker. Enough internet for you today.

    Comment by Anonymous

    aww, mad because your "home" consists of a single room & nowhere to hide from nuclear fallout? Sucks to be you.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:01 18/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Pakistan isn't a country, it's just the part of India everyone left thier trash. Pakistan used to be India, but back when Gandhi was fighting for thier freedom and rights the muslims broke away and stole part of India's land. The U.S. was just taking out the trash.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:00 18/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Can india and pakistan go to war already? India has pleny of people to spare it might even help with their population problem and give them a good reason to finally resolve the problem of pakistan and its master, the chinese.

    Of course, US and russia will be backing them all the way.

    WW3 all the way.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:06 18/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    "The questioner was just some hairy barbarian, there’s no need to take him seriously."

    Remember weeaboos, this is how Japan really feels about you.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:01 18/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    How? Because of ISHIHARA & all of his right wing nationalist party buddies.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:27 18/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    C-Can't we-we j-just just all get along? why all this crap get into our history lessons?History is history,Gundammit.All this crap today is rule by group of senile people who always watches History channel nad afraid to move on.

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