Writing intermittently on life, politics, and society

Brave defenders

The NY Times has an article about Zaitokukai, a Japanese far right group that gain notoriety when they tried to get a 14 year old girl deported to the Philippines, and terrorised a bunch of  Korean-Japanese school children. Real charmers.

Mr. Sakurai says the group is not racist, and rejected the comparison with neo-Nazis. Instead, he said he had modeled his group after another overseas political movement, the Tea Party in the United States. He said he had studied videos of Tea Party protests, and shared with the Tea Party an angry sense that his nation had gone in the wrong direction because it had fallen into the hands of leftist politicians, liberal media as well as foreigners.

That the Tea Party is Sakurai’s inspiration is news to me, but not really surprising.



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