Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara has apologised for saying earthquake victims deserved to be killed and made homeless as punishment for the sinful greed of the Japanese people.

After his remarks were publicised, as he expressly told journalists to do, they were unsurprisingly the subject of widespread disgust and condemnation in Japan and beyond, he was forced into making a formal apology at a press conference:

“I deeply hurt the victims, as well as the people of the capital and the nation […] I withdraw my remark and I am deeply sorry for this.”

For good measure, he also tried some sophistry to worm his way out:

“As the head of the administration, my use of a phrase like ‘divine punishment’ without sufficient elaboration was lacking. I am deeply sympathetic to the miserable and dismal plight of the victims.

As Tokyo governor I will do my very best to relieve the plight of these victims.”

He has not announced any change to his plans to rule Tokyo for a fourth term – in fact, his fellow crazed right-wing nut Matsuzawa just announced he will withdraw his candidacy and back Ishihara (in return for Ishihara’s promise of a choice post), so as not to split the hate vote.

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    Avatar of Naoli
    Comment by Naoli
    21:46 15/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    he's not sorry about what he said about the ppl just sorry that he told the reporter to report what he said

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:13 16/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    If he still gets elected after THIS disaster, I might as well give up on the Japanese's common sense D:<

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    Comment by Chasamune
    09:44 16/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Agree, Who wants people that can't even make up their mind to be people's governer

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    Comment by yaku
    07:19 16/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    What Naoli said.

    People should really think about how tricky language can be if they don't pay attention; what seems like an apology is actually not and a compliment might be a backhanded insult.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:34 21/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    The Japanese are probably sorry for putting this piece of trash where he is now.

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    21:45 15/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    What's new, jackass?

    Next he's gonna say the radiation leak is 'divine punishment' for your children, your grandchildren and future generations for being greedy, unborn kids.

    Now wait for it............. then grovel.

    He just fails as a human, seriously.

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    Comment by Keima88
    21:52 15/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I dont consider him a human being anymore.

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    02:03 16/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    IF anyone would like to see his pathetic groveling and lame apology; []

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:59 16/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Overheard in the bowels of the old diet building is iSHITgawa practicing his Original lines: In his normal peeWee whine=
    “As the Overlord Shogun of the administration, my use of a phrase like ‘divine punishment’ without sufficient elaboration was lacking, indeed I should of Damned the survivors for still being Alive! I am slightly sympathetic to those miserable scum crawlers and dismal fools clinging for pathetic life to soon trouble our cash flow needed for better things and pork projects~
    As Tokyo governor I will do my very best in the public eyes to relieve the plight of these (air quoting)"victims".”

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    Comment by BlaqCat
    02:45 16/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Nor should the people of Japan. I don't know if this will be enough to ensure they oust him...but I damn sure hope it is. No 4th term for -that- asshole...

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:09 16/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Seriously. Who would vote for him after hearing this comment about his own home. He might even be doing this just to stay in the news or something. It's pretty sad to believe people can be such an asshole.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:28 16/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Seriously. He should apply himself as well as one of those greedy asshole his mentioning for wanting to run for a 4th term. He should be one of the dead if his implying that all of the Japanese that died in the disaster are greedy and uncivilized. People of Japan should really vote to removed him from his high chair and punish him for saying that to his own people.

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    Comment by Myballz
    06:12 16/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    If this is the way Japanese want a leader who saids "HA HA Divine Punishment on you Japan" should of voted for a guy to punch him in the face for making that comment.

    It was a Natural disaster plus a Nuclear meltdown at a power plant It wasn't anyone's fault just the ones who messed up.JSDF I am glad they are doing something helping out.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:01 16/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    @03:09 Just wait. The people of Japan will surprise you...

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    Comment by TheBeast
    06:08 16/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    ishihara can shove that apology up his ass where all the other dickheads play.

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    Comment by Megidola
    01:08 16/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Ishihara's trolling was unsuccessful for once.

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    Comment by Marik
    01:21 16/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    the fag isn't sorry...not in the least...keeps saying it's divine punishment behind everyone's backs, but when the camera's turn to him he's all "make pace, not war", "that was not me, it only looked like me".

    holy shit, what's the next thing that's going to spew from his mouth?

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    Comment by HouseLife
    05:31 16/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    He wants everyone to make salsa?

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:22 16/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'd imagine that whoever molested and beat the shit out of him in addition to raising him would have taught him that the nuking of Japan was divine punishment for not being loyal enough to the emperor. I don't see how else this guy could be as fucked in the head as he is. Bastard.

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    Comment by valeria666
    01:04 16/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    he's actually not a human

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:54 16/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Human?! Perish the thought.

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    Comment by Yourtime
    01:21 16/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    agree. he fucking fail so hard that fail alone would be win in compare with him.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:50 15/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    my use of a phrase like ‘divine punishment’ without sufficient elaboration was lacking

    is he trying to say that people are too stupid to understand his godly phrase?

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    Comment by DFC
    22:16 15/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    They just don't get it :3

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    Comment by Andices
    00:55 16/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    No~ I think he meant he just use a word that he can't even understand.

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    Comment by Powerpuff Loli
    00:04 16/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    No, that just confirms what Yamakan said, Ishihara can't speak Japanese properly.
    The full quote again from Yamakan: "To apply "divine punishment" indiscriminately to innocent people is absolutely ridiculous. Ishihara, you who can't speak Japanese properly, have no right to place that identity on others."

    Avatar of DFC
    Comment by DFC
    19:57 15/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    The only way out is to commit seppuku old man. Oh wait hes got no honor anyway.
    Besides aren't politicians supposed to be "politically correct"?

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    Comment by PewPewPew!
    22:01 15/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Oh how sweet, he rephrased his insensitivity to something milder... The old turd is afraid to lose some crucial votes maybe?

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    Comment by TNinja

    Well, he apologized at least. Not something I see everyday from prideful people.

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    Comment by john
    23:21 15/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    You are not allowed to call anyone stupid. If you knew how to read you would have seen the point he was trying to get across. Please take your stupidity and leave us alone.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:20 15/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    fool you obviously stupid it you believe him just because he say sorry it doesn't mean he really sorry.use your brain people like you will easily use you as a tool for political purpose for example that's why he elected 4 times.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:39 15/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Tninja & john am sorry if i offend you am just angry because ishihara use clueless people to his political purpose i just can't let people believe in ishihara words it's just pissed me off.

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    Comment by alidan
    20:22 15/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    he is far right activist level of fucked up, to him, what he said is politically correct.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:40 15/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    What many people fail to realise is that Japanese bash nerds even harder than anywhere else. Thats why eatshithara gets reelected, for his hardline stance against otaku.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:45 17/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    What the hell are you on about?

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    Comment by alidan
    12:00 16/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    here is a fact, you are seen as a worse person for liking anime, than if you rape a real child.

    i shouldn't say worse, but in may peoples eyes, you are is some you aren't.

    you are on the same level as a murderer, or a rapist, just for liking anime.

    id like to say most people understand this, but sadly they dont.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:34 15/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    and yet Japan has some of the most extreme nerdish nerds ever existed: anime otaku.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:22 15/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    He said it, and he's sitting still on his chair? Why there is no one kicks his ass?

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:41 16/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    That was an automaton .. not really him at all like stated above not human.

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    Comment by nicky_008
    20:59 15/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Pray for Japan...

    to be restored and also throw him out of the office quickly...

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    Comment by Holy One
    20:28 15/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    *throws a tanto to the ground in front of him*

    DO IT!

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:20 16/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    or throw him into the damaged nuclear reactor!!!

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    Comment by gau
    21:15 15/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    but first i want to pluck his eyebrows, one by one.... it creeps me out everytime i saw his face...

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    Comment by PirosThe3rd
    21:29 15/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    He is the one who should die,
    along with other retard politicians.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:33 15/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    That's what anyone will say at the last minute to save face for another reelection.... He could at lest jump in whats left over in the tsunami waters and drown himself for being suck a cocksucker and not dieing when the quake first hit.

    This guy should get kicked off the fucking planet.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:21 16/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    or it is better to boot him out of the solar system and throw him into the Big Bang. Wish him good luck for meeting some aliens out there!!! :P

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    Comment by kazaza2
    22:47 15/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    As much as I dislike the son of a bitch I'd have more respect for him if he stood by his comments.
    He just showed himself to be what we already knew he was, a typical gutless, greasy politician.
    Apology not accepted! Scumbag!

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:21 15/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The Ishithara is saying sorry with his crocodile tears to all of the disaster victims in Japan...

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    Comment by Lunatique
    20:04 15/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Suicide yourself, then I'll maybe forgive you.
    Seriously, you think you can just say "sorry"?
    Give all your money for Japan, cancel your damn ban, and THEN cry saying you're sorry.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:23 15/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think he will just say "Gomen ne!!!" like how did one of the Japanese high school students who was beaten like a cow by the mad teacher few months ago.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:43 16/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hmmm..what's that...can you hear it.....the sound of dissapearing votes....enjoy

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