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Update on “Partying Like It’s 1932” (FTR #’s 969 & 970)

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COMMENT: In FTR #’s 969 and 970, we examined the resurgence of fascism in Japan.

Those programs update the re-emergence of the political forces that drove the conquests of Imperial Japan, as well as attempts to institute an Orwellian re-write of Japan’s involvement in World War II.

Key thematic elements of this program include an ominous resonance between Japanese revisionist schools Tsukamoto, Moritomo Gakuen and the Native-Land-Loving School, some of whose alumni assassinated Japanese prime minister Inukai on May 15, 1932. The “May 15th Incident,” as it is known, was a key element in the rise of fascism in Japan.

“. . . . In 1939, his [Kosaburo Tachibana’s] admirers enabled him to establish a school. He called it the Native-Land-Loving School (Aikyojuku). Everybody in Japan with a message to deliver or an axe to grind opens a school. . . . Those schools in the hands of the patriotic societies are at once a method of training young men for strong-arm work and a plausible excuse for extorting contributions from the rich and timid. . . .”

Several members of Abe’s government network with Japanese neo-Nazis. Some of those Nazi acolytes advocate using the Nazi method for seizing power in Japan. Is Abe’s government doing just that?

In addition to finance minister (and deputy prime-minister) Taro Aso, former defense minister Tomi Inada and interior minister Sanae Takaichi are apparent exponents of Nazi political methodology. ” . . . . Inada made news ear­lier this month after pho­tos cir­cu­lated of her and another female in the new cab­i­net pos­ing with a neo-Nazi party leader. Both denied know­ing the neo-Nazi well but later were revealed to have con­tributed blurbs for an adver­tise­ment prais­ing the out-of-print book Hitler’s Elec­tion Strategy. Coin­ci­den­tally, Vice-Prime Minister [and Finance Minister–D.E.],Taro Aso, is also a long-time admirer of Nazi polit­i­cal strat­egy, and has sug­gested Japan fol­low the Nazi Party tem­plate to sneak con­sti­tu­tional change past the public. . . . it is a lit­tle wor­ri­some that [Interior Minister] Sanae Takaichi . . . is the other female min­is­ter who was pho­tographed with a neo-Nazi leader and is a fan of Hitler. . . .”

Much of FTR #969 focuses on Shinzo (and wife Akie) Abe’s support for the Moritomo Gakuen.

  1. Akie Abe was the honorary principal of the Moritomo Gakuen (still being constructed) and contributed a million yen toward its construction.
  2. Abe himself apparently donated money to the construction of Moritomo Gakuen.
  3. Tomomi Inada supported Moritomo Gakuen, having represented the school as a lawyer. She later claimed she could not remember having done so.
  4. Moritomo Gakuen Yasunori Kagoike is a member of Nippon Kaigi.
  5. Moritomo Gakuen apparently benefited from favors from Taro Aso’s finance ministry.

In this post, we update the investigation into Akie Abe’s intercession on the part of the Moritomo Gakuen.

“Scandals Dog Abe as He Prepares to Meet Trump” by Motoko Rich; The New York Times; 4/17/2018.

 . . . . But last month, the Finance Ministry said an internal investigation found that bureaucrats had tampered with official documents related to the sale of public land to an ultraconservative education group, known as Moritomo Gakuen, at a steeply discounted price. Mr. Abe’s wife, Akie, served as a onetime honorary principal of a planned elementary principal of a planned elementary school that Moritomo wanted to build on the disputed land.

 In one of the most damaging findings, the ministry said that officials had scrubbed Mrs. Abe’s name and alleged remarks encouraging the deal from the documents when they were first submitted to Parliament, known in Japan as the Diet. Then this month, the Finance Ministry told Parliament that a bureaucrat had urged a lawyer for Moritomo to lie about how much it would cost to remove garbage from the public land in order to justify the sale at a discounted price. . . .

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