Let’s hope he isn’t made a martyr to his cause


We shouldn’t forget who Shinzo Abe, good friend of Donald Trump, is.

Two of Abe’s Cabinet appointees were associated with Japan’s Nazi Party and several of his comrades wrote laudatory blurbs for a book called Hitler’s Election Strategy, published in 1994, and written by a member of Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). The book was banned after international criticism.

Comparisons with the Nazis are hard to brush off if your Cabinet members are looking up to them as role models.

Let’s not forget that Abe appointed an unrepentant racist, Eriko Yamatani, associated with the internationally condemned Zaitokukai, to oversee the National Police Agency. Neither the prime minister nor any of his senior Cabinet members openly opposed the discrimination against Japan’s Korean residents. Last month, the Cabinet announced in an approved written response to an opposition party’s question on the usage of Hitler’s Mein Kampf as teaching material in classrooms that it was completely acceptable.

After a public outcry, they made the obligatory comment that “if it were used as a tool to promote racism… that would be inappropriate.”

Initially, criticism erupted all over the country but the mainstream media practiced self-censorship and didn’t touch the issue until the outcry forced their hand as well.

Cabinet ministers this year also announced support for reintroducing the kamikaze-inspiring Imperial Rescript on Education back into the classroom. It was issued originally by the Meiji Era emperor in 1890 and advised citizens that the greatest moral good was to give their life for him or his successors. It was later used as part of the ideology that had Japan send soldiers out to die in airplanes as kamikaze pilots, die in small submarines as human torpedoes, and force Okinawans to commit mass suicide. After the war, the edict was declared null and void by Japan’s parliament in 1948, with a statement that it “clearly undermines basic human rights and calls into question Japan’s international fidelity.” Now, it’s on its way back. Indeed, it has been a good year for those nostalgic for prewar Japanese militarism. Bayonet practice will be making a comeback in education as well.

Absolutely none of that justifies murdering Abe, especially since he was out of power. Assassination ought to always be off the table.

Shootings in general are extraordinarily rare in Japan, thanks to their strict gun laws. The assassin here had to construct his own handmade weapon to carry out the evil deed.

Comments

  1. kome says

    With situations like this, and thinking about how long Abe was prime minister, I keep thinking of the adage, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is today.”

  2. R. L. Foster says

    Meanwhile, on this side of the ocean, 2nd Amendment absolutists are already saying that this just shows the futility of gun control laws. A person intent on committing a crime who can’t buy a firearm legally will simply construct his own. There may be a kernel of truth in that, but constructing a zip gun is lot easier than putting together an AR-15 equivalent.

  3. says

    Shootings in general are rare in Japan, thanks to their strict gun laws. The assassin here had to construct his own handmade weapon to carry out the evil deed.

    Which won’t stop the usual bunch of yahoos from shouting “See? Gun laws don’t stop gun violence!”
    In my lifetime, here in America, two presidents have been shot, one fatally; two presidential candidates have been shot, one fatally, the other spending the rest of his life in a wheelchair; another president had guns drawn on him twice just days apart; throw in some congress people and some civil rights leaders and the US record of political assassinations starts to rival a good banana republic.
    And the same people who, after a mass shooting here, castigate anyone who suggests gun control for “politicizing the tragedy,” will use this to try to score political points.

    Assassination ought to always be off the table.

    Yes.

  4. numerobis says

    Abe was going to be fondly remembered by the fascists no matter what, like Reagan.

    My money is on the guy who shot him also being far-right but we’ll see.

  5. Pierce R. Butler says

    Assassination ought to always be off the table.

    Not least because, as our esteemed host’s headline implies, it creates holy martyrs.

  6. larpar says

    FoxNews headline: “NPR, CBS, AP slamming Shinzo Abe is latest example of outlets bashing dead conservatives”

    Accurate information about a person, dead or alive, isn’t slamming or bashing.

  7. Larry says

    Assassination ought to always be off the table.

    Unless you’re attempting to throw out a valid election and your VP isn’t cooperative.

  8. consciousness razor says

    Obama:

    I am shocked and saddened by the assassination of my friend and longtime partner Shinzo Abe in Japan. Former Prime Minister Abe was devoted to both the country he served and the extraordinary alliance between the United States and Japan.

    I will always remember the work we did to strengthen our alliance, the moving experience of traveling to Hiroshima and Pearl Harbor together, and the grace he and his wife Akie Abe showed to me and Michelle.

    Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to the people of Japan who are very much in our thoughts at this painful moment.

    Clinton:

    Prime Minister Abe was a champion of democracy and a firm believer that no economy, society, or country can achieve its full potential if women are left behind. I am shocked and devastated by his assassination—a loss for Japan and our world.

    Both went out of their way to say this asshole was a good guy.

  9. chrislawson says

    I can’t agree that assassination should always be off the table, or else we’d be condemning the attempted assassinations of Hitler and the successful assassination of Heydrich. But definitely it should only be “on the table” in extreme circumstances such as during active Nazi occupation. Assassinating a retired politician, even one as detestable as Abe, seems to me to be violence for its own sake.

    (And BTW, the assassin in this case has stated that his motives were religious, not political. According to Japanese news outlet FNN, the shooter told police, “It is not a grudge against former Prime Minister Abe’s political beliefs.” His grudge was against Abe’s links to a particular religious group. This religious group has not been named in any of the articles I could find.)

  10. StevoR says

    @ Ray Ceeya : “Some right wing assholes have all the luck…”

    if they had less luck aren’t they less likely to be reich wing given a better understanding of what others experience as a general rule?

  11. birgerjohansson says

    Right-wing assholes are more likely to have solid marksmanship training.
    And that is why I will spread a rumor that Mitch McConnell is a secret muslim with a gay lover.

  12. StevoR says

    @ ^ birgerjohansson : maybe tho’ not that sure about the solid part. The numberof them that do stupid thinsg with guibns .. Exhibit A : Sarah palin? Oh and also this classic.

  13. StevoR says

    ^ guns that is.

    No I don’t know why I didn;t see that on preview either. Really tired now I guess..

  14. Owlmirror says

    (And BTW, the assassin in this case has stated that his motives were religious, not political. According to Japanese news outlet FNN, the shooter told police, “It is not a grudge against former Prime Minister Abe’s political beliefs.” His grudge was against Abe’s links to a particular religious group. This religious group has not been named in any of the articles I could find.)

    I have no Japanese, but a DeepL translate of this page says:

    According to the police, he stated that he had a grudge against a specific religious group and that he targeted former Prime Minister Abe because he thought he had a close relationship with this group.

    According to the investigators, he also said that his mother became involved in this religious group and donated a large amount of money to it, which ruined her family life.

    In an interview with investigators, it was learned that he stated, “I originally tried to kill the leader of this religious group, but I couldn’t do it, so I decided to shoot the former prime minister.

    The police are investigating the details of the incident, believing that the attack was motivated by a grudge against the religious group, and that the target of the attack was subsequently changed to former Prime Minister Abe, whom the police believed to be closely related to the group.

    Translated with http://www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)

    Which strikes me as being not primarily a religious motivation, as in hating the doctrines of the group (although I suppose that can’t be ruled out), but financial/emotional (due to his mother’s financial and emotional overinvestment in the group).

  15. consciousness razor says

    There are some indications now that the shooter may have associated Abe with the Unification Church (AKA “Moonies”) and was part of Sanctuary Church, a militant and gun-obsessed offshoot led by Sean Moon/Hyung Jin Moon and hostile to Unification, which incidentally also had members involved in the January 6 attack if that gives you any idea of their politics. The media are (understandably) hesitant to release many details like this which could spark even more tension, but maybe we’ll get some confirmation of that eventually.

    Which strikes me as being not primarily a religious motivation, as in hating the doctrines of the group (although I suppose that can’t be ruled out), but financial/emotional (due to his mother’s financial and emotional overinvestment in the group).

    That’s often how radicalization happens though…. The religious hatred/intolerance probably wasn’t just his own idea, if it’s right that he was affiliated (however loosely) with Sanctuary Church. That shit gets fed to the guy, which is why his anger/frustration got directed in that very specific way.

  16. birgerjohansson says

    Is this a relative of the Moon that owns New York Post?
    The kooks who originated in South Korea?

  17. consciousness razor says

    Is this a relative of the Moon that owns New York Post?

    Sean Moon is one of Sun Myung Moon’s sons, yes. (Another, going by Justin, is the CEO/President of a small arms manufacturer. It’s a big family.)

    However, New York Post is owned by NewsCorp, founded by Rupert Murdoch. You may be thinking of The Washington Times.

    The wiki page for Unification Church lists a ton of other related organizations.

  18. birgerjohansson says

    Consciousness Razor
    Between Murdoch and the old religious cultist they have the American stupidsphere of media sewn up. There are also some minor Murdoch clones in Britain- together they make up the infamous “gutter press” , the final proof Britain has bo culture.

  19. birgerjohansson says

    This is asshole-on-asshole violence, like a stabbing on a prison yard. Except some of people in prison are innocent.

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