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By Karen Masuda

Ultra-rightist movements in Japan are visible through men who cover their faces with black bandannas, sun glasses and helmets. They drive around in what is as close to an armored van as a Japanese civilian can get and spew military music and political rhetoric from loudhailers fixed to the top of the vehicle. You can hear them coming from miles away and are reminded that the nationalism that led Japan into World War II is still alive to some extent, albeit among a small minority of people.

It is hard to believe, quite shocking in fact, that young Japanese women who don’t appear to have a provocative thought in their head are becoming politically active on the rightist’s side.

On the surface, they appear to be "normal women" who follow fashion trends, buy luxury brand goods, and get excited over kawaii sweets like anyone their age.

However, these women will not have anything to do with Korean pop culture, including the TV dramas, which were all the rage with young women until the recent spat with Korea over the Takeshima/Dokdo islands. They believe that Korea is teaching a mistaken version of history in their schools, one that was created solely to make Japan look evil, which they believe is unforgivable. The Senkaku Islands (territorial dispute with China) and Takeshima are definitely Japan’s.

These women are for severing all Sino-Japanese and Korean-Japanese diplomatic ties. They believe that advertising and mass media are in collusion with the Koreans to make them look good to the Japanese people. While their form of protest may be different, they are just as emphatic in their rough speech as the men in black bandannas.

One of these women, who goes by the alias Aida Takiko, recently told Niconico News, “I won’t use Korean make-up or food, or any product that’s made in Japan with Korean affiliation or sponsorship anymore.”

According to the 33-year-old company worker, it all began when she was introduced by an acquaintance to Japanese internet message board 2channel, which has a history of being a seething cauldron of rightist, anti-Korean opinion. She feels like she learned the truth there. “I was shocked about what is going on in Korea and China. Famous Korean actors bashing Japan, things like the rise of sex crimes there, the sloppy health management of products infested with worms being sold; I learned that Japanese media reports are biased and cannot be trusted.”

2channel now has a large following of young Japanese women who feel strongly about the rightist ideology introduced there, many of whom began following the site after an incident in 2011 in which famous Japanese actor Saousuke Takaoka criticized Japanese TV station FujiTV for promoting Korean content at the expense of domestic programming.

Chisako Takenaka (alias), 29 years old, is one of the many people who took part in demonstrations against the Japanese media. She commented, “Truthfully, up until recently I had no interest in politics or the economy and was quite ignorant of what was going on around me. But now, thanks to Twitter, I’m more aware of what’s going on.” Takenaka has eagerly taken part in recent rightist demos over the territorial disputes of Senkaku and Takeshima.

These woman feel like they have found the truth, and feel that contradictions have been smoothed over with their beliefs. Does this make them a part of “Neto Uo”, the Internet right-wing?

Takenaka denies it. ” We are Japanese people doing what comes naturally and what any Japanese should do. We simply refuse to forgive what is unforgivable.”

These women are not necessarily socially disadvantaged. Why are these women, who appear to have their feet planted solidly on the ground, turning into rightist activists? The bigger picture is thrown away for the falsehood of grasping at bits and pieces of information on Twitter and 2channel and calling them ultimate truths. It’s a shame that energy can’t be used to build bridges instead of building walls.

Source: Niconico News

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Right wing stupidity has never really known a gender gap. The ability to follow bone headed political ideas has always been equal opportunity to believe. But rarely equal opportunity to participate. Most right wing movements relegate women to the traditional roles of wife and mom. But then again that is already the case for many Japanese lady's life expectations.

The last thing Japan really needs is to follow Hashimoto and others down the path to a new rightest belief system. It will alienate trading partners, allies and friends world wide. And it will force Japan down an isolationists path that would certainly result in the destruction of her economy.

If these fools wish to behave in the same bone headed way as the Chinese nationalists and Korean nationalists, then so be it, but I sincerely hope that the majority of people in Japan continue to use their heads and not their sentimentality to make political and social decisions.

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The bigger picture is thrown away for the falsehood of grasping at bits and pieces of information on Twitter and 2channel and calling them ultimate truths. It’s a shame that energy can’t be used to build bridges instead of building walls.

That is so true. It pretty much seems that a lot of people would rather listen to anyone's opinion on social media rather than going out and finding facts that can be truthfully verified. When they went to school, did they really get educated?

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Where is the proof that these women are on the rise??? The thing that is on the rise is the media blowing irrelevant things out of proportion and selling it as news.

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“Neto Uo”

If you're going to use the Japanese, at least spell it correctly.

” We are Japanese people doing what comes naturally and what any Japanese should do. We simply refuse to forgive what is unforgivable.”

And these idiots complain about China and Korea...?

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Is there a 'correct' way to spell Japanese words that are written in romaji? That's really taking the policing of spelling a stage too far.

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I see it everywhere. There's a couple on these boards.

Remember when teen idols Morning Musume sweetly sang, "Japan's future will be the envy of the world" some years back? Yeah, right.

I was at a house party and a young office lady-type girl had a camera that appeared to be a Samsung (it was Sanyo). When I asked her about it, she shot back, "I would NEVER buy anything from Korea!!!" She was really upset and angry at me.

Really, these people are scared and feel vulnerable. No wonder, their country is going down the drain, demographically and economically, while the countries of people they view as inferior are on the rise. It's quite sad, really.

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Is there a 'correct' way to spell Japanese words that are written in romaji? That's really taking the policing of spelling a stage too far.

To answer that: "Neto" and "Netto", different? There's your answer.

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I bet they all secretly admire Hello Kitty.

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Not buying anything made in Korea is one thing. But good luck to whoever tries to avoid anything made in China.

That would be the true test between conviction and pragmatism.

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Yay, more crazies.

One of these women, who goes by the alias Aida Takiko, recently told Niconico News, “I won’t use Korean make-up or food, or any product that’s made in Japan with Korean affiliation or sponsorship anymore.”

Maybe she should throw out her PC, as I'm sure most of the parts inside are made in Korea.

"I learned that Japanese media reports are biased and cannot be trusted.”

She is so right, but what she didn't realize was that there's no way in hell that 2chan is in any way credible. Japanese people are so gullible, they'll believe in anything. Hell most of them trust their own media.

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Let's guess.... Dead end OL job, single, living with mom and dad, never really traveled... Yep, new hobby. Anyone with a brain would know that petty little squabbles with Russia, China, Korea and Taiwan are doing more harm than good.

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Anyone with a brain would know that petty little squabbles with Russia, China, Korea and Taiwan are doing more harm than good.

Yes. and yet the Americans continue to stir up trouble for Asia. as for these women, they are frustrated with a failed government. this is not unlike the social and political division happening in America and Europe. but Westerners do not view their own problems with the same critical eye as they view Japanese.

Japanese people are so gullible, they'll believe in anything. Hell most of them trust their own media.

American people are so gullible, they'll believe in anything. Hell most of them trust their own media. It works just as well, would you not agree?

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We are Japanese people doing what comes naturally...

Beau monde decided to abstain from Korean goods. Not a big deal. Everybody was young and cool. The serious matter, however, is that real nationalism flourish when the economy gets in trouble, and it is crucial to contain it for the sake of peace, however banal it might sound.

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"Make japan look evil"? Japan was worse than evil during WWII, the imperial army was massively brutal and cruel - when all Japanese know this by heart, it will be much easier to build bridges. Till then, we keep building bridges with great difficulty. Both men and women can have strong opinions, however I always think it's most unfortunate that these opinions affect purchase decisions, no matter in Japan, China or Korea. These three countries should creat a free trade zone.

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why can't the police just gives these noise-polluting morons a ticket?

i'm sick of getting their loudspeaker bs for hours on end as i (try to) work.

should be made illegal.

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American people are so gullible, they'll believe in anything. Hell most of them trust their own media. It works just as well, would you not agree?

You know the number one selling newspaper in the WORLD? I believe it was either Yomiuri Shimbun or Asahi Shimbun or whatever. Japanese newspapers sell more than official Chinese government newspapers. All countries blindly trust their own media but I believe Japan is absolutely the worst. Not even the Chinese trust their own media.

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Practically ALL of the big media in the world are the mouthpiece for their governments, but Japan takes that to a whole new level. You would not believe what actually goes on in Japan. All of the big media in Japan are in bed with the Japanese administrators and they all collaborate with each other and make a concerted effort to make sure that the masses are well controlled and that they find their own place.

Do you know why Hashimoto for example (or Ozawa), gets bashed so much and so consistently in a well collaborated and concerted manner by the big media? It's because he's challenging the status quo. He's overstepping his boundaries. He's becoming too ambitious for his own good. The Japanese administrators will make sure that the media will bash him into submission. They will not stop until Hashimoto is done and finished and his character completely assassinated. Hashimoto was already dead before he even begun. Anybody who dares to challenge the Japanese status quo is doomed from the start.

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You know the number one selling newspaper in the WORLD?

Newspapers are only one aspect of the media. There are almost 120 million households with TV in the US and nearly 80% have internet access. That Japanese people still read print simply means they read print more than other people. That's all it means. Your opinion that Japanese trust the media more than other countries is not based on any facts that you present but most probably reflect how you view the Japanese in general.

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I went on a date about a month ago with an apparently very sweet and intelligent woman of 29 years old. Good job, well spoken, well presented and good company. we got onto the topic of the various island disputes and she became visibly upsat and was pretty harsh in her description soof Koreans and Chinese. Bit of a shock to the system. Also made me wonder why she was dining )and possibly more) with Johnny Foreigner.

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Wakarimasen, maybe that is because a lot of japanese people expect the stereotypical foreigner who is very kind, romantic and good in bed, but who doesnt know (or how to speak) about japanese stuff, specially political stuff.

Though I think that type of nationalistic young women are a minority, I think there is going to be a boom of new nationalistic youngsters coming up after all the disputes with China, Korea, etc. Hope I am mistaken.

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All over the world, it seems there's been a disturbing rise in the popularity of "alternative" (a nice way of saying bullcrap) media that touts conspiracy theories as facts. I get that politicians in every country have been either ineffectual or outright terrible in the past decade, but siding with people who are freaking nuts just because they pose something different isn't a good idea.

Driving on the right side of the road would be "different" in Japan. It would also be suicidal.

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I don't get why anyone should be surprised. Fascism is on the rise everywhere in the world and this has been true for decades. After WWII into the 60's, everyone was a Liberal, now everyone is a Conservative. As for the Japanese views of Korea and China, that been true for ages, just not often directly spoken. In 1923, who got blamed for the fires of the Great Kanto earthquake. Tmes don't change that much.

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I think the author’s observations are correct, in fact, they are spot on. I might also add that I think this ultra-right leaning is also becoming quite common among middle aged 2 channel addicted housewives. Despite their limited knowledge on historical or current events within this geographical region, sinister sites like 2 Channel have pumped them up with courage to say what was previously considered offensive and now they know no limits. Thank you for pointing this matter out. Despite being a researcher and married to a Korean, I have been confronted with nonsense originating from these sources. Not only has it been ridiculous, it has also been hurtful.

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