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Ishihara Shintaro- Quotes from Tokyo’s insanely rightwing governor

“I love France. I once had a French girlfriend. She gave me a pistol as a souvenir but now it’s too old to be of any use.”

Tokyo Gov Shintaro Ishihara, still trying to deflect criticism of his remarks in 2004 when he said French was disqualified as an international language as it was impossible to count in it. Twenty-one scholars, teachers and translators, including seven French people who live in Japan, sued Ishihara unsuccessfully for damages

“They say we made a holocaust there, but that is not true. It is a lie made up by the Chinese.” – Speaking about Nanjing.

“A bomb was planted there. I think it was deserved.” -Regarding the nationalist attempt to bomb the house of former Deputy Foreign Minister Hitoshi Tanaka.

“Atrocious crimes have been committed again and again by sangokujin and other foreigners. We can expect them to riot in the event of a disastrous earthquake.” -Sangokujin is a derogatory term applied to ethnic Korean and Chinese.

“If Japanese hadn’t fought the white people, we would still be slaves of the white people. It would be colonization. We changed that.”- Ishihara Shintaro, Governor of Tokyo

In response to China’s first successful launch of a man in space: “The Chinese are ignorant, so they are overjoyed. That spacecraft was an outdated one. If Japan wanted to do it, we could do it in one year.” -Ishihara Shintaro, Governor of Tokyo

“I hate Mickey Mouse. He has nothing like the unique sensibility that Japan has. The Japanese are inherently skilled at visual expression and detailed work.” -Ishihara Shintaro, Governor of Tokyo

“I have to say that it should be no surprise that French is disqualified as an international language because French is a language which cannot count numbers.” -Ishihara Shintaro, Governor of Tokyo

“With Sangokujin(third-country nationals) and foreigners repeating serious crimes, we should prepare ourselves for possible riots that may be instigated by them at the outbreak of an earthquake. As police is not always fit for handling all contingencies, the Self-Defense forces should be ready to respond to threats to public security besides natural disasters.” -Ishihara Shintaro, Governor of Tokyo. If he is aware of the anti-Korean rioting due to totally untrue rumours they were poisoning the wells, I am not sure. This one really suggest this guy is mentally ill.

“In due course, the perpetrators were captured, and, just as had been suspected, the crime was one of revenge among Chinese criminals. There is fear–and not without cause–that it will not be long before the entire nature of Japanese society itself will be altered by the spread of this type of crime that is indicative of the ethnic DNA [of the Chinese].” -Ishihara Shintaro, Governor of Tokyo

All quotes above from this page on Japan Probe.

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