This should tell the Japanese voters two things - a) Returning the LDP to power would be a huge mistake and b) Noda can't control the people within his own party. Visiting Yasukuni now is just stupid. Things are so fragile and any reason to provoke more tension is irresponsible. Noda should discipline the two ministers immediately by kicking them off the cabinet. It's time to let the Japanese people know that the militaristic nationals that are a very loud minority of the population do not represent the overwhelming majority and will not be tolerated in modern Japan. I'm not going to hold my breath that Noda will have the courage to take that line, but until someone stands up to these people, things are going to get worse before they get better.
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Let's face it; some see racist themes everywhere. When Star Trek came out, the Klingons were the blacks, Vulcans were Asians and Whites ruled StarFleet. Star Wars was also criticized for racist themes, especially the Phantom Menace with the jive talking Jar Jar Binks and the obviously money grubbing Jewish stereotype character of Watto. Give me a break! Art reflects society, and artists shouldn't have to worry about their motivations being twisted to serve some malcontent's paranoia. If you don't like it, don't watch it. I intend to watch Avatar and enjoy the special effects. The rest I will filter through my own judgement.
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