Sunday, March 25, 2007

Taro Aso's gaffe dossier grows longer, thicker

Just when I thought of shifting the focus away from Japanese politics and politicians, my friend Mark from Melbourne emailed me this news report from United Kingdom's Guardian newspaper which publishes a longer list of Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso's very race-centric and class-conscious remarks made in the public in the past few years. I am sure not all Japanese share this sort of very chauvinistic worldview but the fact that Aso has been elected for a number of terms suggests that there is indeed a legitimate cause for concern for creeping resurgence of ethno-nationalist sentiment in Japan.

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