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Aussie Journalist Gets Death Threats From Japan  
User currently offlineAaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 9280 posts, RR: 26
Posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1957 times:

More garbage spewing from the rising ranks of the Japanese right wing, with virtually no response or condemnation from a completely complicit government. Still waiting for these fools to be called out for the anti-speech, anti-truth radical animals they are.  Yeah sure

SYDNEY (Kyodo) The Australian journalist who wrote a controversial biography of Crown Princess Masako has received death threats ahead of the release of its Japanese translation.

Daisan-Shokan, the Tokyo-based publisher of the translation, has also reported being targeted by rightwing nationalist groups.

The translation of "Princess Masako, Prisoner of the Chrysanthemum Throne" by Ben Hills is due to be published in early September.

Hills said he has received several e-mail death threats via his Web site in the leadup to the Japanese publication.

"I have had death threats. They were saying things like, 'Die white pork!' They were quite racist," Hills said.


The book alleges she conceived her daughter, Princess Aiko, through in vitro fertilization and was driven to a nervous breakdown by the Imperial Household Agency, which looks after the Imperial family's affairs.

As a result of the government criticism, the publisher originally contracted to release the book in Japan, Kodansha Ltd., backed out of the deal in February.

Daisan-Shokan came forward and agreed in June to publish the book, saying it was a freedom of speech issue.

In an e-mail to Hills, the publisher's president, Akira Kitagawa, said a Japanese ultranationalist group visited the company's office Aug. 10 and demanded the publication be pulled.

"Just now, two black cars with ultranationalistic slogans on them are parking (next to) the building where my company address is. They are shouting hysterically, 'Stop the publication of Princess Masako' with huge loudspeakers," the e-mail said.

"Policemen are just watching them and let them do as much as they want to do. This is how your book is getting more and more popular in Japan before being published," Kitagawa said.

Earlier this month, Kitagawa was the subject of an article in the weekly magazine Shukan Shincho, which accused him of being a former member of a terrorist organization.

Hills said he was deeply disturbed by the recent events.

"The Japanese establishment is just trying to censor my book, and it really is quite outrageous. It's censorship pure and simple," he said.


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User currently offlineBlackbird From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1929 times:

Scary shit. And it's not like this is the only Right Wing Shit the Japanese have been doing... The Japanese have also over the past few years have been downplaying the Rape of Nanking and the use of "Comfort Women" during WW2...

They're getting bold in more ways than just one!

Andrea Kent

User currently offlineAaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 9280 posts, RR: 26
Reply 2, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1924 times:

Um, thanks for the generalizations. Many people in the government have been downplaying WWII atrocities to be sure, but to use wording that suggests such feelings are a general reflection of the Japanese people's sentiment is both incorrect and irresponsible.

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User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13856 posts, RR: 17
Reply 3, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1914 times:

The Crown Family in Japan is still by custom accorded a very high level of privacy unlike the custom of some western countries, including those of the UK and some EC countries that still have royalty. Some of the more conservative members of Japanese society still believe in a view of their royalty from the time before the end of WWII where the household is given total privacy.

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