Posted by debito on March 14th, 2007
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On Feb 28, 2007, at 1:12 PM, Kirk Masden wrote:
I don’t know if Abe will be made to regret it but he should be.
Abe’s defense strikes me as more problematic than the original
gaff. Abe is equating homogeneity with getting along well. By this
logic, diversity (more foreigners in Japan, etc) leads to acrimony.
It also implies that whatever peace and good human relations have
characterized Japan thus far have been in spite of minorities such as
Ainu, Okinawans, Koreans, etc. This is a very problematic way for
Japan’s leader to defend a remark.
[Education Minister] Bunmei Ibuki’s comments continue to trouble me.
Some things to think about:
1. I’ve found at least two places where Ibuki specifically basically
says, “though there are exceptions such as the Ainu and the Zainichi
people, Japan is fundamentally, one ethnos, one culture, one ethnic
rulership, one language, one belief system” (As Kirk says above, this
is a very exclusivist attitude. He’s basically *excluding* the Ainu
and the Zainichi from participation in the successes of Japanese
rulership, culture, language, and beliefs.)
2. Ibuki also states in more than one place, practically like a
refrain, that because of the post-war constitution and Fundamental
Law of Education are western they emphasize rights over duty, private
over public. This is one reason why Japanese society is falling into
decadence. The examples given again and again are Livedoor and
Murakami funds. Ibuki will say, of course, rights and privacy are
very important, *but* … then he launchs into the problems they cause.
3. The solution suggested is to revise the constitution and the
Fundamental Law of Education to include more values of the Japanese
Has this not already happened somewhat? Article 2 of the Fundamental
Law of Education has been revised from what was previously an
emphasis on individuality and personal development, to a list of
values that perhaps are intended to reflect the values of the
So because there is a *perceived* majority, and the *perception* that
the *perceived* majority have certain supposedly *shared* values,
those values must now be imposed on *everyone*?
The one positive element here, is that I am gradually finding very
active and vocal Japanese citizens on the net who see through all
this nonsense. But so far not enough to stop the steamroller …
This is a really terrible price to have to pay for Koizumi’s economic
As far as Ibuki’s statements I’ve been blogging some of them here: