15 March 2011.
From Associated Press:
Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara apologized Tuesday for his remark that the devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami that struck eastern and northeastern Japan represented “divine punishment” of the Japanese people who have been tainted with egoism. “I will take back (the remark) and offer a deep apology,” Ishihara told a news conference, adding he should have thought about the feelings of victims. Miyagi Gov. Yoshihiro Murai showed displeasure with Ishihara, who will seek his fourth term in the upcoming election, telling reporters that he hopes the Tokyo governor will pay consideration to disaster victims.
Who is Shintaro Ishihara?
According to Wikipedia:
Ishihara is generally described as one of Japan’s most prominent “far right” politicians. In Australia’s ABC, he was called “Japan’s Le Pen”. He has also generated controversy from PETA for the reduction of the 37,000 crows that populated Tokyo.
Mr Ishihara is not the only religious right fanatic in the world blaming the victims of the horrible tragedies in Japan for their deaths and misery.
In the USA, Glenn Beck has voiced similar moronic views.
Dave Lindorff, This Can’t Be Happening: “G[eneral] E[lectric], the company that boasts that it ‘brings good things to life,’ was the designer of the nuclear plants that are blowing up like hot popcorn kernels at the Fukushima Dai-ichi generating plant north of Tokyo that was hit by the double-whammy of an 9.1 earthquake and a huge tsunami”: here.
USA: Bill O’Reilly: The Media Is ‘Hyping The Nuke Situation In Japan’ Too Much: here.
Rush Limbaugh Mocks Japan Quake Refugees (VIDEO): here.