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Racist Ishihara fails to get 2016 Olympic Games

Racist Ishihara Fails to Get 2016 Olympic Games

 

By Lee Jay Walker
Tokyo Correspondent  – THE SEOUL TIMES

 

Shintaro Ishihara, governor of Tokyo

Victory for Rio!

Japan failed to get the 2016 Olympic Games despite glossing over the racist governor of Tokyo. Yet clearly the governor of Tokyo, Shintaro Ishihara, was the weak link in the chain because he might be forgiven for being a racist in Tokyo but the same did not apply to the wider world. Therefore, will the people of Tokyo wake up to the reality of Ishihara?

Firstly, I would like to state that The Seoul Times published several articles about Ishihara and the racial nature of this individual. I myself informed several major organizations about Ishihara and notified them about past statements he made with regards to other ethnic groups and towards women.

I am not claiming that this was the reason why Ishihara lost, of course not, that would be foolhardy and over-playing my role because I was just one of many committed people and organizations who were against the Tokyo bid.

Also, the reason behind the failure of Tokyo’s bid will be multiple and maybe my articles had no impact what so ever, I will never know. However, I, other individuals, and organizations, did our best to inform the wider world and it shows you that the grass roots can’t be ignored.

I will concede that many innocent members of the Tokyo bid did a very good job, however, I believe that they had little hope because of the past deeds of Ishihara. After all, Ishihara clearly played a back seat and he was no robust Governor during this bid, instead he looked out of touch with the modern world.

How ironic that multi-cultural Rio won the bid and that a superstar like Pele is visibly the anti of what Ishihara likes.

Remember, Ishihara is clearly a dangerous maverick and he is an individual who panders to anti-foreign bashing when the time pleases him. More alarming, he is a revisionist of history and a person who denies the Rape of Nanking (Nanjing).

Ishihara stated that the Rape of Nanjing is a myth because he commented that “They say we made a holocaust there, but that is not true. It is a lie made up by the Chinese.” Yet the Rape of Nanjing did take place and both official documents and other forms of evidence are clearly available.

Also, like I stated in my article “Japan under Ishihara must not be given the 2016 Olympics,” I commented that Ishihara stated that “old women who live after they have lost their reproductive function are useless and are committing a sin.” He is clearly stating that women have no value once they have lost their reproductive function and this is a far cry from the equality of the Olympic movement.

In truth, Tokyo should have had a great chance of winning the 2016 Olympic bid because they have not held the summer Olympics for a very long time. Also, it is abundantly clear that the infrastructure of Tokyo is very high and crime is not an issue.

Yet despite this, and the sheer size of the economy of Tokyo and all the other positives, it was clear that Ishihara was the weak spot and he could not be kept out of the picture.

Another weakness of the bid was that it looked like “an elite bid” which would merely develop wealthy parts of Tokyo and the “human side” appeared to take a back seat. However, London, despite many parts of this city being wealthy, focused on developing a neglected part of London where unemployment and other negative social issues are a reality.

The Tokyo bid was more like a United Nations bid and too much focus was put on the environment and it was clear that many people from Tokyo were disinterested because the elitist Ishihara does not understand “the real world.”

I am sad for all the decent people of Tokyo who wanted this city to emerge victorious. However, I am glad that Tokyo lost because it would have given a dangerous legacy and more important, it would have given a rampant racist and sexist a chance to revitalize nationalism in Japan.

How ironic that multi-cultural Rio emerged victorious and surely this will add “salt to the wounds” of Ishihara.

Maybe the campaign led by The Seoul Times, other individuals, and organizations, did not sway the International Olympic Committee? However, the Olympic dream is based on the fraternity of all nations and supports sexual equality; therefore, I am going to dream “that justice won,” even if other factors were at play in the downfall of the Tokyo Olympic bid.

LEE JAY WALKER

http://www.leejaywalker.wordpress.com

leejayteach@hotmail.com

http://www.theseoultimes.com

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2016 Olympic Bid and Racist Governor of Tokyo

2016 Olympic Bid and Racist Governor of Tokyo

 

By Lee Jay Walker     
Tokyo Correspondent    –  THE SEOUL TIMES

 

Shintaro Ishihara (石原 慎太郎), who was on Sept. 30, 1932, is a Japanese author, politician and the governor of Tokyo since 1999.

The Governor of Tokyo, Shintaro Ishihara, desires to bring the Olympics to Japan, however, if this happens then what happened to the Olympic ideal? After all, we are talking about a racist and sexist who denies the Rape of Nanking and who blames foreign nationals for crime. Therefore, if Tokyo wins the right to host the 2016 Olympics it means that the “family of nations” is in the hands of a racist and sexist leader.

Therefore, it is up to individuals and organizations to campaign against the Tokyo Olympic bid because of past statements that Ishihara made. I am not talking about mild comments; on the contrary, I am talking about blatant nationalism and sexism.

I always believed that the Olympic ideals were meant to bring people together under one banner and where males and females were respected equally. However, clearly this does not apply to the Governor of Tokyo.

In a past article I mentioned that Ishihara “desires to leave a legacy” and if Tokyo wins then Ishihara and nationalists can gloss over their extreme views. Also, it will embolden other racists and sexists to pin the blame on foreign nationals and to follow the same racist path to power.

However, the real legacy of Ishihara is being anti-Korean, anti-Chinese and anti-foreign by nature. At the same time Ishihara is clearly sexist and how strange it would be for a person who deems females to be inferior and who wants to keep Japan for the Japanese, to be given his glory day!

All nations have a negative past however we expect our major leaders to move on and try to start afresh. However, Ishihara is very dangerous because he is keeping the heart of racial hatred alive and he belittles the history of both China and Korea by making outlandish statements. Given this, it is essential that the Olympic Committee understands the real motives of this unashamed individual who mocks the memory of many people, and who wants to employ revisionism and hatred of others in order to maintain power.

In my last article about Ishihara I stated “….he is a dangerous maverick who installs anti-Korean and anti-Chinese hatred. Not only this, we are talking about a rampant sexist who made an alarming comment about the role of women in society. Ishihara also belittled Africans in another tirade and the only reason he remains so silent recently, is because the nationalist leader of Tokyo understands that he is under the international spotlight. Therefore, it is essential to enlighten people about this individual who stokes up hatred towards others via un-logical outbursts of inhumanity.”

In 1990, Ishihara mocked the memory of China and he belittled one of the worse crimes of the 20th century. Not only this, he is mocking the memory of real pain and sorrow and a crime against humanity. After all, vast numbers of people were killed and babies were slaughtered and many members of the Imperial Japanese Army raped tens of thousands of Chinese women.

Despite this, Ishihara stated in a Playboy interview that “People say that the Japanese made a holocaust but that is not true. It is a story made up by the Chinese. It has tarnished the image of Japan, but it is a lie.” Also, more recently Ishihara gave his blessing to the film called The Truth about Nanjing (Nanking) and in typical nationalist style this film ignores reality and instead panders to the nationalist heart and to people who despise China.

Therefore, it is vital that the Olympic Committee understands the true nature of Ishihara. After all, behind all the smiles in Japan, just like child abduction in this nation of thousands of mixed blood children, you have a sinister motive and this is based on rampant nationalism and extremism amongst certain elites in Japan.

Therefore, would the Olympic Committee award Germany the Olympics if the local mayor stated that the holocaust was a myth? If Japan wins the vote in early October then what would this say about the Olympic dream and ideal?

After all, the Olympics should be based on harmony but Ishihara does not support harmony or sexual equality. He commented about women that “old women who live after they have lost their reproductive function are useless and are committing a sin.” Therefore, this person must be exposed and the same applies to the hidden nature of racism and sexism within the logic of the Governor of Tokyo.

LEE JAY WALKER

http://www.leejaywalker.wordpress.com

leejayteach@hotmail.com

http://www.theseoultimes.com

 
 

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