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Shintaro Ishihara’s base color

  On February 1, 2022, Shintaro Ishihara died in Tokyo at the age of 89. Japanese society has two completely different reactions to this. Some people are depressed, like losing their jobs, while others are overjoyed and cheering.
  Ishihara Shintaro is a writer. In 1955, when he was studying at Hitotsubashi University, he published the novel “The Season of the Sun”, which made a sensation and won the 34th Akutagawa Literature Award. He has since entered the literary world. He is also a bestselling author. Seasons of the Sun topped the bestseller list that year, with a total circulation of over one million copies. “Spartan Education” in 1969 sold 700,000 copies, “Genius” in 2016 sold 920,000 copies, and “Brother” in 1996 sold 120,000 copies 100,000 copies, 1.25 million copies of Japan Can Say No in 1989. Ishihara has an extraordinary influence in the Japanese literature and speech circles.
  Shintaro Ishihara has been engaged in political activities for a long time. He was elected to the Senate in 1968 and announced his retirement from politics in 2014. He has been active in Japanese politics for 46 years. During this period, he was elected as a member of the House of Representatives in 1972. He had served as the Minister of Environment and Minister of Transport. In 1989, he failed to run for president of the Liberal Democratic Party. In 1995, he resigned as a member of the House of Representatives.
  In 1999, Ishihara was elected Governor of Tokyo, re-elected in 2003, three and four times in 2007 and 2011.
  On October 25, 2012, Ishihara announced his resignation as governor of Tokyo and said he would form a new party with conservative forces. On November 13th, Ishihara held a press conference and officially announced the establishment of the “Sun Party”. The program includes formulating an independent constitution and enhancing national defense capabilities, trying to create a “third pole” in Japanese politics and play an important role in national politics. force. In the election of Japan’s 46th House of Representatives on December 16, Ishihara Shintaro, the eldest son Nobuaki Ishihara, and the third son Hirotaka Ishihara were elected at the same time. One door and three members, the scenery is momentary.
  Shintaro Ishihara is a writer and a politician.
  As a politician, Ishihara Shintaro left the deepest impression on people that he dared to speak, especially dare to speak, he is a famous “big mouth”, completely different from the style of most Japanese politicians who are cautious in words and deeds. He has always spoken unscrupulously. No cover. He often made various discriminatory and even insulting remarks against women, the disabled, foreigners and other groups, and was protested and even prosecuted many times. However, this does not seem to have had too much negative impact on his political career. He is still popular. In most cases, he does not even make a perfunctory apology for his wrong words and deeds. He basically ignores criticism and criticism. . He has the characteristics of “Charisma”, which is rare among Japanese politicians. He is both a writer and a politician. He likes to make inflammatory speeches. The popularity of the mass media makes him even more powerful and eye-catching. Because of his unscrupulousness without a bottom line, many people even think that this is precisely his charm. However, Zhang Yang’s egocentric personality cannot be in harmony with the rigidly hierarchical factional politics within the Liberal Democratic Party, and cannot form a faction and force with him as the core, with social popularity and no intra-party advantage.
  Shintaro Ishihara has undisguised political ambitions and has always wanted to be prime minister to realize his great ambition to govern the country. He once participated in the presidential election of the Liberal Democratic Party but failed. He claimed that the purpose of running for governor of Tokyo is to “change Japan through Tokyo” and “promote national politics with the capital”. During his tenure as governor of Tokyo, he also did some things that are considered “good governance”, such as formulating regulations to limit diesel vehicle exhaust emissions and cleaning up red light districts. In 2012, at the age of nearly 80, he resigned as the governor of Tokyo, and formed a new party with others, trying to return to state affairs as a last-ditch effort.
  Ishihara has been an enemy of China for a long time and publicly used insulting names against China. On historical issues, he denied the aggressive nature of the war that Japan launched, denied historical facts such as comfort women and the Nanjing Massacre, and insisted on visiting the Yasukuni Shrine.
  He believes that the root cause of the asymmetry in US-Japan relations lies in the pacifist constitution formulated under the auspices of the United States after the war. Therefore, instead of advocating “revision of the constitution” like ordinary right-wing politicians, he proposes to abandon the pacifist constitution and start over. After Japan became an economic powerhouse, Shintaro Ishihara co-operated with people to publish “Japan Can Say “No”, “Japan Still Says “No” (1990) and “Japan Resolutely Says “No” (1) 991), challenged the United States directly and insisted on Japan’s interests.
  Ishihara not only opened his mouth to “China”, but closed his mouth to “China”. He was sued by the French in Japan for his criticism of French culture.
  Many people are surprised that in such a modern country, there are such people and such remarks, who openly and unabashedly insult other countries, ethnic groups and vulnerable groups. What’s even more incredible is that he is still quite popular. In addition to his outspokenness, this is also related to the growing trend of new nationalism in Japan from the 1990s. The overall right-leaning of Japanese public opinion, so people like Ishihara became the darling of the times. Neo-nationalism is a worldwide trend, with similar figures in countries such as France and Russia.
“Lower Conqueror” and “National Interest”

  It has been ten years since the Japanese government implemented the so-called “nationalization” of the Diaoyu Islands. During the past ten years, Chinese coast guard ships have regularly patrolled the waters around the Diaoyu Islands. The Japanese government has no choice but to do anything.
  The initiator of “nationalization” is Ishihara Shintaro, and many people think that this is the result of his “going down”.
  Ishihara, who once said in 2009 that the Diaoyu Islands issue should be shelved for sovereign joint development, suddenly gave a speech on April 16, 2012, saying that Tokyo had decided to “purchase” the Diaoyu Islands from private hands, and this plan has already acquired the Diaoyu Islands.” Landowner’s consent. In response, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs immediately responded. The spokesperson pointed out that the Diaoyu Islands and their affiliated islands have been Chinese territory since ancient times, and China has indisputable sovereignty over them. is illegal and invalid. On April 27, Shintaro Ishihara said that the Tokyo Metropolitan Government had set up a donation account and launched a fund-raising campaign to “buy” the Diaoyu Islands. On May 10, Ishihara announced that it had raised nearly 500 million yen.
  For a time, the Japanese media reported that “purchasing the island” became a national topic. Ishihara accused the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs of acting only on China’s face, and was no longer the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Japanese government.
  On May 29, Ishihara once again played up the “China threat”, accusing the government of being weak on the Diaoyu Islands issue, and Japan will eventually become the sixth star on China’s five-star red flag.
  On September 5, Japanese media revealed that the Japanese government has reached an agreement with the “island owner” Kurihara’s family on the “purchase” of the Diaoyu Islands, “purchasing” the Diaoyu Islands and their affiliated islands at a price of 2.55 billion yen “nationalization”.
  On September 12, the Chief Cabinet Secretary of Japan announced that the “nationalized land registration procedures” for the Diaoyu Islands and their surrounding affiliated islands had been completed, and the “land owner” was changed to “the Japanese government”. This led to the biggest crisis in the 40 years of normalization of Sino-Japanese diplomatic relations.
  It is generally believed that Ishihara’s “island purchase” plan is the incentive that led to the Japanese government’s “nationalization” of the Diaoyu Islands. The Japanese government has complicated considerations for doing so. Some people think that the Japanese government’s “nationalization” of the Diaoyu Islands is to prevent Ishihara’s “island purchase” plan from excessively damaging Sino-Japanese relations and prevent the situation from getting out of hand; at the same time, it strengthens the control of the Diaoyu Islands and increases the support rate of the Democratic Party regime among the Japanese people.

  In the end, the Chinese side reacted strongly, and the situation where both sides were relatively restrained on the Diaoyu Islands issue was broken. Previously, in order to maintain the overall situation of Sino-Japanese relations, the Chinese government has not sent ships into the waters of the Diaoyu Islands. After the Japanese government implemented “nationalization”, the Chinese government sent coast guard ships to patrol the waters of the Diaoyu Islands in order to declare its sovereignty. The Japanese government was difficult to deal with.
  In any case, Ishihara’s “purchase” plan for the Diaoyu Islands was the fuse that caused Japan to fall into a passive state. Some Japanese media reported that Ishihara’s actions were a typical example of “going down”. Ishihara was the governor of the local government of Tokyo, but he overstepped his authority on territorial issues and did what the central government should do.
  In Japan in modern times, the “subordinate overcomes the superior” generally means that the subordinates make decisions without regard to the intentions of the superiors, and even directly override or deprive the superiors of their powers. According to a popular saying in Japanese society, the three events of the 1930s were typical of “lowering the upper hand”.
  First, the Japanese Kwantung Army launched the “September 18 Incident”. The staff of the Kwantung Army, Itagaki Seishiro, and Ishihara Kaner, instigated the incident without the approval of the Kwantung Army chief and the cabinet, first occupying Shenyang, and then occupying the entire Northeast. This brought huge benefits to Japan and stimulated its expansion ambitions. Japan then launched the “July 7 Incident” in 1937 and invaded China in an all-round way. fail.
  The “September 18th Incident” broke the fragile peace situation in the world after the “World War I”, and resolved disputes between countries by force, setting a bad precedent and leading mankind to the catastrophic abyss of the Second World War.
  The second thing is the “May 15th Incident”. On May 15, 1932, some young naval officers, dissatisfied with the government, staged a coup d’etat to “eradicate” government leaders and chaebols and “save Japan”. The coup d’état attacked the Prime Minister’s official residence, the Metropolitan Police Department, the residence of Nobuken Makino, the Minister of the Interior, the Mitsubishi Bank, the headquarters of the Seiyukai, and other places, and Prime Minister Takeshi Inuyo was killed. Due to the lack of a concrete plan to establish a regime, the coup d’état turned himself in. During the trial, it was not only the military that tried to exonerate the coup d’etat, but hundreds of thousands of petitions, including blood books, were also sent to the court, asking for leniency. Others cut off their own fingers and sent them to the court to plead for the officers who had committed felonies. With such pressure from the military and such turbulent “people’s sentiments”, the government finally had to deal lightly with the coup d’état. Under such an atmosphere, it is difficult for party politics to continue, and the influence of the military has greatly increased.
  The third thing is the “226 Incident”. On February 26, 1936, some young officers of the “Kingdao faction” of the Army led more than a thousand soldiers to stage a coup d’etat and assassinated opponents among senior members of the government and military. The rebels once occupied the center of Tokyo, but had to surrender on the 29th. In subsequent trials, a total of 19 rebel leaders were sentenced to death, 40 others were sentenced to prison terms, and indirectly related figures were transferred from central positions in the army. Since then, the country has been basically controlled by the military.
  At first glance, “Xia Ke Shang” seems to be the unauthorized action of simple middle and lower-level officers, and mainstream Japanese writings have also guided them in this way, intentionally or unintentionally. This explanation is obviously to shirk the responsibility of the military department and the emperor.
  After the Meiji Restoration, Japan continued to expand outward, first Korea and then Northeast China. This is the basic idea of ​​Japan’s mainland policy. Occupying Northeast China is in line with the established policy of the Japanese government. Therefore, from the perspective of the Japanese authorities, Itagaki Seishiro and Ishihara Kanji’s plans were not consistent. That’s right, there is no big difference between them and the military’s expansion policy, it’s just that the time and method of implementation are different. Prior to 1928, the Japanese military secretly planned the Huanggutun incident to assassinate Zhang Zuolin. The Japanese government did not know about it in advance. It is generally believed in Japan that this move by the military was correct, and the government and the military did not. Severely dealt with the specific planner Kwantung Army staff officer Kawamoto Daisaku, just dismissed him and incorporated him into the reserve.
  After the “September 18 Incident”, Itagaki Seishiro and Ishihara Kaner were not severely punished, and the commander of the North Korean Army Lin Xianjuro sent troops to cross the border was ratified, which created an atmosphere of the times: the soldiers arbitrarily adopted Not only will the actions of the Japanese government and military not be dealt with seriously, they may even be regarded as heroes. Many young officers believe that provoking an incident and introducing Japan into a larger-scale war of foreign aggression is a manifestation of patriotism, and may also seek military merit and be promoted.
  Therefore, the responsibility cannot be placed entirely on the young officers who carried out the “Xia Ke Shang” operation. The Japanese government and military, which formulated the policy of foreign aggression and instilled the ideology of militarism, were the biggest culprits and culprits.
  The “February 26 Incident” directly threatened the emperor’s ruling power, so the handling of the rebel officers was also very strict. Therefore, the soldiers’ behavior of “subduing the superior” should only be in the interests of the Japanese government and the military, especially when it is conducive to foreign aggression. will be recognized.
  Due to its audacity in the “February 26 Incident”, the Japanese Army has often boasted itself as “the mainstay of the Empire” since then. Some people in the Japanese Navy sarcastically said that it was the Army that eventually led Japan to disaster. But in fact, Japan’s army and navy like to talk about “national interests”, but they have always regarded war as a “paradise” for soldiers to make achievements. For the overall and personal interests of the military group, they do not hesitate to drag the country. Entering the war, it brought huge disasters to the country and millions of military and civilian casualties.
  Ishihara Shintaro is also a person who likes to talk about “national interests”. He went beyond the central government to “purchase the island”. He opened his mouth and closed his mouth for the sake of the country, which is exactly the same as the practice of Ishihara Kaner and others. They are related by blood and are purely misinformation, but they are connected in spirit.
  Since April 16, 2012, Shintaro Ishihara announced that the Tokyo Metropolitan Government decided to “buy” the Diaoyu Islands from private hands. , he broke through the door and entered the national political stage. On September 12, the Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary announced that the Diaoyu Islands and their surrounding affiliated islands were “state-owned”. On October 25, Shintaro Ishihara announced at a press conference that he was resigning as the governor of Tokyo and was ready to participate in national affairs. From the perspective of time, people have to doubt his real purpose of creating the “island purchase” turmoil. Is he doing this for “national interests”, or for his own participation in state affairs to gather popularity and warm up? Is the “island purchase” plan really in line with Japan’s long-term “national interests”, and what results will it bring? Are these in his consideration?
Shintaro Ishihara’s base color

  Ishihara Shintaro is one of the most famous representatives of the post-war right wing in Japan. It is generally believed that Ishihara Shintaro represents and speaks for the extreme right wing in Japan. However, we should also note that he also represents the voice of a considerable number of ordinary Japanese, otherwise it is difficult to reasonably explain his popularity in Japan.
  The book “Japan Can Say No” was co-written by Ishihara and Akio Morita, founder of Sony Corporation of Japan. Akio Morita is not a politician, but an accomplished entrepreneur. His ideas resonated with a considerable number of Japanese entrepreneurs, and also represented the ideas of many ordinary Japanese people. He said “no” to American hegemony and let Japan To become a so-called “ordinary country” is the common aspiration of many Japanese people.
  Ishihara Shintaro won the fourth election for the governor of Tokyo, which can be called a miracle. The number of votes cannot explain everything, but it cannot be ignored. At the press conference of Tokyo Governor’s candidacy in 1999, Ishihara Shintaro’s first sentence was: “I am Ishihara Yujiro’s brother.” Ishihara Yujiro is a famous Japanese film actor and has many fans. In 1987 Year has passed away. There is something to be said about using his younger brother who has been dead for 12 years to get votes for himself, but his supporters are definitely not only the movie fans of Ishihara Yujiro. In this election, he was elected with 1.66 million votes, the second in 2003. It received 3.08 million votes in the second election, 2.81 million votes in the third election in 2007, and 2.61 million votes in the fourth election in 2011. Such an electoral miracle is difficult for many people in Japan to match.

  The famous journalist Takao Saito criticized Ishihara for being like a three-year-old child, naive in his words and deeds, and blatantly despising others. He deliberately introduced the Chinese term “little emperor” into Japanese to criticize Ishihara’s influence in Tokyo. Shintaro Ishihara changed the name of “Tokyo Metropolitan University” to “Tokyo Capital University”, which was unreasonable in liberal arts and sciences, causing protests by the teachers of the school, and some people even went away.
  Some aspects of Shintaro Ishihara’s experience cover up most of the negative elements of his character. He is a famous writer, a congressman, a man who dares to say “no” to the United States, and a man who despises the established order. He is considered to be the most suitable person to be the prime minister after Junichiro Koizumi. All non-conformity and nonsense have become his eye-catching props. Ishihara Shintaro himself constituted a phenomenon, a political phenomenon.
  In the 1930s, Japan’s military strength was greatly enhanced. Right-wing military groups did everything possible to advocate war and use foreign aggression to satisfy small groups and personal interests. In the 1960s, Japan’s economy entered a period of take-off, and the right wing began to expand again. It was during this period that Ishihara entered the political arena, and the increasingly strong trend of new nationalism made him feel like a duck to water. Highly popular product. Yukio Hori, a well-known right-wing researcher in Japan, said that the right-wing in Japan is “closely integrated with Japan’s climate”, which is a true theory. The expansion pattern of Japan’s right-wing before and after the war is very similar. Whether it is military or economic, once the national strength increases, the right-wing forces will follow.
  In any country, there are left, middle, and right. The existence of the rational right wing has its rationality, but it is not a blessing for the country to sit back and watch the excessive expansion of the right wing. In the end, it can only shoot itself in the foot.
  The right-wing in Japan before and after the war, especially figures like Ishihara Shintaro, have one thing in common: adherence to extreme nationalism, touting the so-called “superiority” of the Yamato nation, and discriminating against other countries, nations and groups.
  On April 9, 2000, the 48th anniversary of the founding of the Japanese Self-Defense Forces was held in Nerima Camp. Ishihara Shintaro took a jeep to inspect the Self-Defense Forces. He asked the Self-Defense Forces to prepare for the protection of citizens in case of a catastrophic earthquake in Tokyo. The “Three Kingdoms” took the opportunity to riot and plunder everywhere.
  ”Three Kingdoms” is a discriminatory term for Chinese in Japan after the war, especially those from Taiwan Province and the Korean Peninsula. It is generally believed that Ishihara is a pro-Taiwan faction. On the Taiwan issue, he denied “one China”, strongly supported Lee Teng-hui’s “Taiwan independence” remarks and “China separatist theory”, and actively planned to invite Lee Teng-hui to visit Japan. But why does such a “pro-Taiwan” person use words that discriminate against Taiwanese?
  Ishihara Shintaro once participated in the founding of the “Qing Lan Society” to oppose the Japanese government’s severance of diplomatic relations with Taiwan. In July 1973, Ishihara, Ichiro Nakagawa and others used the old-fashioned way of blood as an alliance to create a right-wing organization “Qing Lanhui” within the Liberal Democratic Party, and acted as the secretary-general. They opposed the Tanaka Cabinet’s policy of normalizing diplomatic relations between China and Japan, and advocated Maintain Japan-Taiwan relations. However, his “pro-Taiwan” is not necessarily friendly to Taiwanese. Japan has colonized Taiwan for 50 years after the Sino-Japanese War. Although it had to be returned to China after the Second World War, the imperial dream in his bones has always been In the minds of the Japanese right wing. Geographically, Taiwan has important military value, so Japan is holding on to Taiwan. As for the Taiwanese who have been enslaved by them, they despise them from the bottom of their hearts, so they use the name “Three Kingdoms” to belittle Taiwanese. .
  Japan once colonized and invaded many Asian countries. Various right-wing forces in Japan, including soldiers and civilians, played an active role before the war. After the war, they did not reflect on war crimes and various discriminatory words and deeds. Ishihara has always denied the various crimes committed by Japan in the era of militarism. He argues that “Sina” is not a derogatory name, but a past name because of respect. He shot the Kamikaze ‘I Am Dead,’ a filmmaker and screenwriter who glorified the kamikaze’s suicide attack, portraying it as a “hero.” Most of Shintaro Ishihara’s discriminatory remarks are aimed at China and the Korean peninsula. Not only that, but there are also many other racial discrimination and contempt for women. He also praised the German fascist massacre of mentally ill patients.
  Ishihara used to call himself a “runaway old man”, and he was indeed a political “runaway”, but what Ishihara challenged was not just China, he challenged the bottom line of human conscience, so he was notorious all over the world. His far-right words and deeds deviate from the common values ​​and ideas of mankind. Shintaro Ishihara is the enemy of human conscience.
  Ishihara Shintaro read Mao Zedong’s “On Contradiction” when he was a student, and highly appreciated Mao Zedong’s analysis of the main contradiction and the secondary contradiction, and he has repeatedly expressed his admiration since then. But he did not really learn the essence of Mao Zedong’s analysis of primary and secondary contradictions – thoroughly reflect on the various crimes committed against Asian countries in the past, and hold the common values ​​of mankind together with Asian countries. This is what Japan should solve and its neighbors. The main contradiction between countries and regions.
  This year marks the eighty-fifth year of Japan’s all-out war of aggression against China, and the seventy-seventh year of Japan’s complete failure of its war of aggression in Asia and the Pacific. Asian countries, including Japan, are still waiting for a thorough introspection from Japan.