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15 January 2014
Democracy Now! is broadcasting from Tokyo, Japan, today in the first of three special broadcasts. At a critical time for Japan and the region, we begin our coverage looking at the country’s rightward political shift under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was re-elected just over a year ago. As head of the Liberal Democratic Party, Abe is known as a conservative hawk who has pushed nationalistic and pro-nuclear policies.
In December, he visited the controversial Yasukuni war shrine, which honors Japanese soldiers who died in battle, including several war criminals who were tried by the International Military Tribunal after World War II. The visit sparked outrage from China and South Korea, who consider the shrine a symbol of Japanese militarism, and its refusal to atone for atrocities committed in the first half of the 20th century. We speak about Japan’s increasingly pro-nuclear, nationalistic stance with Koichi Nakano, professor at Sophia University in Tokyo and director of the Institute of Global Concern.
Watch our entire special broadcast from Japan here.
From daily The Independent in Britain:
Tony Abbott embarrasses Australia by praising Japanese WWII military, ‘getting on the sake’ and posing for ‘crotch-shot’ photo opportunity
The Australian prime minister has been doing all he can to ensure an historic trade deal is pushed through smoothly
Thursday 10 July 2014
Tony Abbott, the Australian prime minister, has agreed a historic economic pact with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe – but in doing so admitted to being hungover live on TV, angered the Chinese government and exposed his crotch for a photo opportunity.
In a week in which the leader clearly decided the ends justify the means, Mr Abbott started off by hailing Japan’s controversial attempts to build up a more robust military in spite of its pacifist constitution.
During a parliamentary address, which was attended by Mr Abe, the prime minister went on to praise the bravery of a group of Japanese submariners who attacked Australia during a 1942 raid on Sydney harbour.
He said: “We admired the skill and the sense of honour that they brought to their task although we disagreed with what they did. Perhaps we grasped, even then, that with a change of heart the fiercest of opponents could be the best of friends.”
What next, Tony Abbott? Praise by the Prime Minster of Australia for the Japanese World War II army forcing hundreds of thousands of women, including Australian women, into sexual slavery as ‘comfort women’? Praise for Adolf Hitler’s Luftwaffe, then Japan’s allies, bombing civilians to death in Warsaw in Poland, Coventry in England or Rotterdam in the Netherlands?
Ater all, a Japanenese miltarist revanchist politician, Minister of Defence in a previous Shinzo Abe administration, has whitewashed the 1945 mass killings of Japanese civilians in Hioeroshima and Nagasaki by nuclear bombs …
Part of the agreement signed this week will see an increase in military transfers between the two countries, in what Mr Abe said was the launching of a “special relationship” on matters like defence and the putting aside of any lingering enmity from the Second World War.
Unsurprisingly, Mr Abbott’s comments were not to the liking of the Chinese government. The official state news agency Xinhua published an op-ed saying the statement was “insensible” towards victims of the Japanese military.
It said: “He (Abbott) wasn’t aware that the Japanese troops possessed other ‘skills’, skills to loot, to rape, to torture and to kill. All these had been committed under the name of honour almost 70 years ago.”
Pictures from Mr Abe’s three-day tour of Australia showed him and Mr Abbott laughing over Western Australian wine in the Great Hall of Canberra’s Parliament House.
And in a TV interview the next morning, the Australian prime minister was chided over appearing visibly “worse for wear” after “getting on the sake”.
Mr Abbott said he “accepted that”, though adding that while it was a “very convivial dinner” it was a “responsible” one too.
On Mr Abe’s last day in Australia on Wednesday he was given a guided tour of a Japanese-Australian mining venture in Western Australia’s Pilbara region – naturally by Mr Abbott himself.
And after presenting his newfound friend with a parting gift of a pair of RM Williams boots (up there, news.com.au reported, with his embarrassingly inappropriate gift of a surfboard to Barack Obama), Mr Abbott encourage him to pose atop a giant hauling truck tyre.
The image was promptly shared via Mr Abbott’s official social media accounts – and users were quick to point out that, without context, the results were less than flattering.
One user tweeted: “And here we have Tony Abbot showing the Japanese PM how to cock his leg and p*** on Australia.”
Another, presumably referring to the shiny new boots, wrote: “@TonyAbbottMHR maybe you can remember to take em out of your mouth before you speak next time.”
The picture has since been creatively photoshopped by a number of Twitter users – and appears well on its way to becoming a meme in its own right.
‘Creep’ Tony Abbott caught winking to radio presenter about poverty-stricken grandmother who ‘works on sex line to make ends meet’: here.