Shintaro Ishihara

Tokyo’s governor Shintaro Ishihara has taken a break from bashing manga to stress the need for Japan to become a military state and to develop its own nuclear arsenal, lest it be torn apart by wicked foreigners.

He made his statements in a recent press conference:

“If Japan doesn’t become a powerful military state it will certainly lose all standing in the world.”

Alluding to President Obama’s supposed desire for a nuclear free world, he responds that Japan should have its own nuclear arsenal:

“Japan should pursue them. If we wanted to we could have as many as we like. We have a mountain of plutonium.”

He also proposes that Japan should use its space program to develop missiles of its own.

Though he may be a crazed far right xenophobe addled by senility, it is hard to deny the fundamental strategic logic of his position (even if it is simply stating the obvious):

“Japan is the only nation in the world to be so closely surrounded by hostile nuclear powers intent on seizing its territory; North Korea, China and Russia have all made or are intent on assailing Japan.

We must consider how to oppose these powers. This is no longer an age where economic power alone will suffice.”

Amazingly, 2ch actually appears to be largely against him:

“Shut up already, you old fool!”

“As expected of the great leader the citizens of the capital (those over 40 at any rate) have chosen!”

“Nuclear deterrence is pointless unless you have nuclear subs. America will never let us have them, so end of discussion. You need to consider America making Japan into one of its hypothetical enemies.”

“If he wants a military buildup, let him do it with Tokyo’s money.”

“As expected of his excellency!”

“Did Shintaro’s howling increase the military budget one iota?

Did Shintaro’s racist remarks against foreigners decrease foreign crime at all?

He went on and on about the Olympics but in the end he had no connections and lost the bid.

He’s all talk, he should retire.”

“His arguments are as sound as ever!”

“He’s right though. China, Korea and Russia will all keep coming after Japanese territory unless opposed.”

“This is 2ch but you’re all opposing him!? Dirty left wing spies must be active here…”

“It’s because of all those filthy lolicon.”

“When Argentina invaded the Falklands in 1982, the UK crushed them in short order.

Japan has the Kuriles, Takeshima, the Senkaku isles, Tsushima, Yonagunijima, etc., etc. You have to take care of your own affairs yourself.”

“It’s pointless to have them as such a small nation. With three nukes the country would be done for. It’s best to rely on our American masters to protect us.”

“There is no way America will ever use nukes to save us.”

“They won’t use them for us, but at least they are in the background.”

“People who depend on America will end up in trouble eventually. We have to do something before that…”

“I approve of us becoming a military state!”

“Militaries cost a fortune. Although they can manage it with arms exports…”

“You can’t trust anything this guy has to say. It sounds as if he just says this stuff to drum up support amongst his conservative backers.”

“I support Isihihara!”

“This senile old fool needs to retire as soon as possible.”

“Then go ahead and build nukes in Tokyo! The citizens of the capital will be just fine with that I expect.”

“He’s right. Anyone who disagrees needs to find a successful example of a non-military developed nation to point to!”

“Nuclear arms are a last resort. First we need a normal constitution and a normal military strategy. It’s a miracle we survived this long like this when surrounded by those countries. It’s only thanks to America.”

“I want to know what Ishihara’s definition of ‘military state’ is.”

“There is no way our incompetent government is even up to the task of pursuing a nuclear arsenal. They can’t even manage a nuclear power station. And the people criticising Ishihara are not Japanese! He’s just a hawk.”

“He is no hawk or even a conservative. He’s just full of excuses with no real achievements to his name. I can’t believe there are still idiots who expect anything of this elderly plague which is ruining our nation.”

“This guy wouldn’t last 3 months as PM, would he?”

“The Great Empire of Japan was so much more proficient at statecraft. Japan has been castrated by America and made into a faggot nation – that’s the cause of all this.”

“Hurry up and die you addled old coot.”

“I like his military policies but it was pretty worrying seeing his shaking body on TV.”

“Once America goes bankrupt they’ll not be able to afford a vast military which can defend us. We need to hurry up and rearm before they collapse!”

“Military rule might be preferable to DPJ rule. But I think military types mean military control when they say ‘military state.'”

“Ishihara is no hawk, he’s just a nut. He attacks everything apart from Korea.”

“Sieg Nihon!”

“Those dirty Koreans really hate him! He’s necessary for Japan!”

“Constitutional reform, pachinko bans, nuclear armaments – he advocates it all without actually doing a single thing, that’s Ishihara in a nutshell.”

“I want to ask those Chinese just what merit they think there is in taking over a radioactive little island nation with no natural resources.”

“All these lolicon really hate Ishihara, don’t they?”

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    Comment by Kudeh
    05:45 06/08/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)


    This just confirms that Ishihara has a pre-war mentality.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:58 06/08/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Ishihara is a fucking nut, it's just really troubling that he's been reelected by Tokyo voters so many times. Someones gotta get this idiot out of office.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:08 06/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    have you seen his competition? they are more fucked than he is... he is sadly the lesser of the evils.

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    Comment by OTIKA
    14:26 06/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I can't help but think he is taking all the blame and attention for the right-winger neo nazi scum.

    You know, the assholes who preach about pre-WWII Japan all day with no real job?

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    Comment by Bayonette
    14:05 06/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    How about this: Make Japan as an absolute monarchy so there will be no bitching!

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:51 09/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Realtime communication. Your argument fails to acknowledge the implications of a very significant technological advancement with significant implications in the power structure of any organization.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:02 07/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sengoku Jidai. Your argument is invalid.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:59 07/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    The Berlusconi of Japan... re electet over and over and screw evrytime the whole country

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:45 06/08/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Exactly. He wants Japan to be viewed as strong the way it was back then. He doesn't seem to realize that his old mentality won't get Japan any respect.

    He's also not thinking things through. If America leaves the area there will be a shitstorm.

    I've noticed that Japan are always bitching about the US military, but no one ever tries to contact Obama about it. They really are weak.

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    Comment by erochichi
    00:32 19/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    "I've noticed that Japan are always bitching about the US military, but no one ever tries to contact Obama about it. They really are weak."

    Impotent old men are usually weak. Big words, no action.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:30 06/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    The majority of Japan does not care about the US military because Okinawa is a shitty island, with shitty island people, that was only recently was even considered part of Japan. The place even has it's own language. Japanese 'red' nationalists just use it an excuse to drum up anti-US military sentiment.

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    Comment by Shippoyasha
    19:20 06/08/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    I resent that... Japanese has taken many islanders under its wings. It's kind of funny how some Japanese do really think Ainu and Okinawans are 'dirty islanders'. Shame. Maybe Japanese should try a hand at acceptance and understanding, not fear and stigmatization. Even of its own people.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:58 07/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    You may resent that, but it does not change the fact that I'm right.

    Comment by Anonymous

    well our military has a long history of fucking the japanese people over, and i don't mean war i mean out guys raping and killing locals.

    i dont think anything happened recently, but its hard to close up old wounds.

    and do you realy want to be protected by a nation that may or may not help you?

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:20 06/08/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Japanese people are always spreading the propaganda about people in the US military raping people or committing crimes, but they completely ignore the fact that Japanese still commit more crimes against Japanese people than anyone else.

    They'd rather report on the two guys in the US military raping girls than the thousands of Japanese men doing it. And their biased reporting would lead you to believe that all the crimes in Japan are committed by those two foreigners.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:22 06/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    "When a native rapes a woman, it's more like a crime against her alone. If a foreigner does it, everyone feels much more attacked from outside."

    No, only racist idiots think about it like that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:11 08/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    "If you're a guest in a foreign country, commiting such crimes, proves great disrespect for your hosts."

    Japan is so fucking stupid. Instead of worrying about the crimes all over their country that are committed by the Japanese, they are too busy thinking about the few foreigners committing crimes because "it's disrespectful."

    They need to get their priorities straight.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:41 06/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    A rapist is a rapist. Nationality doesn't mean shit when it comes to this. They are all the garbage of the world and should be viewed as such.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:22 06/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The US has already proven that it will protect Japan. Do you really think no one has been threatening Japan all these decades? We've been neutralizing threats against Japan for years now. Particularly from North Korea. And the reason for having the base that close is for a FAST response to an attack.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:37 06/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    "On February 12th, 2008 the National Police Agency (of Japan) or NPA, released its annual criminal statistics that included activity within the Okinawan prefecture. These findings held American soldiers responsible for 53 crimes per 10,000 U.S. male servicemen, while Okinawan males held a crime rate of 366 crimes per 10,000. The per capita crime rate of U.S. servicemen in Okinawa was found to be 14 percent of that of the Okinawan males."

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:50 06/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    we could never rape them enough to live up to their expectations...

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:46 06/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I say pull out the American forces, just don't cry to them when the other Asian nations come knocking.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:07 08/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    "You just proved, that you people have no right to be stationed in Japan (if you're American) ~ and that you're a moron."

    No, I said that only racist idiots think that a rape has more or less severity based on the race of the victim or the attacker. The fact that you would even focus on race instead of justice or the well-being of the victim is disgusting. You're a horrible human being.

    "The host sets the rules !
    And if you're not sensitive enough on the Japanese culture, you shouldn't be there in the first place !

    What does this have to do with rape? I'm starting to think you have no reading comprehension.

    "Unlikely some American scum will understand this though."

    And you proved that you are racist. So you've proved my entire point that you're a racist idiot. Thanks stupid!

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:14 08/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    We need to give Japan what they want and leave.

    Then we can watch the rest of Asia blow them up and laugh when they cry about it.

    Then we'll go help some other country and tell Japan their tiny penises don't satisfy us anymore. It'll be so NTR.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:27 08/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    "If a foreigner does it, everyone feels much more attacked from outside.
    While this is only natural, a society like the Japanese must feel even stronger about it."

    No, that's not natural at all. Who cares where they are from? A human is a human and an attack is an attack.

    The problem is that Japanese people allow themselves to see everything different as an attack against themselves. That's why no one can take them seriously. It makes them look stupid and weak to the rest of the world because they are always whining about someone else.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:20 06/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Okinawa =/= Japan

    Comment by Anonymous

    "When a native rapes a woman, it's more like a crime against her alone. If a foreigner does it, everyone feels much more attacked from outside."

    'o, only racist idiots think about it like that."

    i'm sure youll like it more when your cousin rapes your sister than me a complete stranger

    Comment by Anonymous

    no actually there were bunch of causes when americans stationed in okinawa military base fucking with locals . one marine abducted , raped and killed little girl . then bunch of kids nearly killed a woman on scooter by tieing a rope across the road . and once a US chopper crashed into a school , the public relationships arent very good .

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    Comment by KleinerKokiri
    01:46 07/08/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    >No, only racist idiots think about it like that.

    You just proved, that you people have no right to be stationed in Japan (if you're American) ~ and that you're a moron.

    The host sets the rules !
    And if you're not sensitive enough on the Japanese culture, you shouldn't be there in the first place !
    Unlikely some American scum will understand this though.

    But just a simple comparison:
    If a guest comes to your home and destroys your belongings in anger...
    Isn't that worse than a family member doing it ?
    You'd feel like that ~ I'm pretty sure.

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    Comment by KleinerKokiri
    10:55 06/08/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    It's in my opinion an even worse crime if it's done by foreigners.
    While the crime itself doesn't change, the mentality behind it, makes it worse.
    If you're a guest in a foreign country, commiting such crimes, proves great disrespect for your hosts. When a native rapes a woman, it's more like a crime against her alone. If a foreigner does it, everyone feels much more attacked from outside.
    While this is only natural, a society like the Japanese must feel even stronger about it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:54 07/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    So much for the imperialism movement from the bakumatsu. Its like he wants to seperate Tokyo into his own faction altogether, if they can prove that though he can be tried for treason.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:32 06/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    He's been alive since WW2. Think about it, it's like Hitler! He was a common soldier who rose to the ranks of Fuhrer. Ishara is near that point!

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:26 08/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    haha he is as stupid as he looks the moment japan gets nukes they will be nuked by the said countries.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:08 09/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Yes, let's start a nuclear war, what could possibly go wrong?

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:19 07/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    What is with Japan's desire to "compete" with other countries? I mean, other countries might have a subconscious desire in some cases to compete, but truthfully people rarely think about it. Western countries generally know who their allies and enemies are, and each has its own brand of arrogance, but they don't really feel the need for that sort of obvious competitive status.

    But I've seen so many reports from Japanese politicians and celebrities talking about "Japan needing to keep up with other countries" or "Japan needs to be able to compete with other countries."

    It's like they are really compensating.

    People are making a big deal about it here, but honestly if Japan got nukes and the US moved out, the rest of the world would shrug it off and go about their business, with no one thinking of Japan as strong or a threat. (Except for maybe South Korea who is right next door.)

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:07 09/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    ICBMs are a threat to anyone.
    ICBMs with nuke warheads can have significant effects on people on the other side of the globe.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:13 07/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I hope he realizes that at the first sign that he's trying to rise up to become the next Hitler, he WILL be assassinated. Like anyone would take a chance with that shit again. He'll probably have a bullet in him from each country.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:02 09/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ishihara is a big mouthed idiot without even 1/100 of Hitler's speaking skills. And post WW1 Germany populace was far more susceptible to nationalist bullshit than Japan today.
    Also, sending assassins is not exactly the best way to build steady foreign relationships. Trying to assassinate political leaders is the best way to give some foreign power a casus belli on your ass.

    Comment by Izumi_Chan
    11:11 08/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    thats what i think as well a pre-war mentalist

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    Comment by erochichi
    00:29 19/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    "This just confirms that Ishihara has a pre-war mentality."

    Rather, he has been impotent since long time, and is sour about it.
    "If i can`t penetrate, despite i have the money for most expensive prostitutes, nobody will...let them all young men die in the war!"

    Very classic reason for most wars in history.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:22 06/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow, and this coming from Japan's biggest political puppeteer of Manga-hate. The manga-ka Ishihara hates on are vastly more in touch with their sense of reality than he is. [/IRONY]

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    Comment by Ota-Kool
    08:27 06/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    There's not a thing he does not Hate... Maybe he's plotting to take over the world! Using Japanese Technology.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:16 06/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    That was 70 years ago. There's no nuclear power on earth that hasn't been an aggressor at one point in time or another.

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    Comment by Zanber
    05:28 06/08/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Someone please send this guy to a retirement home.

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    Comment by Naoli
    11:38 06/08/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    you mean to a mental hospital?

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    Comment by kamiru
    12:43 06/08/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    but he is beyond recovery.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:13 06/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    He'll make fine paper door craftman

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    Comment by TehBoringOne
    06:49 06/08/2011 # ! Good (+0.5)

    Someone please send this guy to a gas chamber home.


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    Comment by Winter Dream
    17:37 06/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    And set him free through chimney? >_<

    18:14 06/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    He'll turn the old people in the retirement home into his cronies.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:29 08/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Blame the Japanese for being stupid enough to let this guy into office again. The old people are stupid for voting for him and young people are stupid for not speaking up.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:28 08/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    why not just have some NEET kill him
    that NEET would become a hero

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    Comment by George
    05:48 06/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    He's senile alright. This will never happen.

    Japan is banned from having nuclear weapons via post ww2 treaty, under explicit conditions. If they develop nuclear weapons, any nation would be immediately free to legally launch first strike, without fear of interference or retaliation from 3rd party.

    Not sure about china, but north korea would certainly be more than happy to conduct some more tests on Japanese soil.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:03 06/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm happy someone knew this.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:37 06/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    And y'know, the worst part is that the country's people is about as selective with their memory as old Ishihara. Seriously, I thought that that Japanese race as a whole was supposed to be smart, or at least pretend to be informed of the obvious.

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    Comment by Astray Flame
    18:07 06/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    You got to remember that in their society they think as a group, while in most English speaking country think as an individual.

    I wouldn't be surprise if sooner or later the young adult may start to think like Ishihara.

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