Barely a week after Japanâ€™s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, overhauled his administration amid flagging popularity, two of his senior colleagues have been forced to distance themselves from rightwing extremism after photographs emerged of them posing with the countryâ€™s leading neo-Nazi.
Sanae Takaichi, the internal affairs minister, was among a record-equalling five women selected by Abe as he attempts to make his cabinet more female voter-friendly and to increase womenâ€™s presence in the workplace.
Takaichi, an Abe ally on the right of the governing Liberal Democratic party (LDP), was pictured posing alongside Kazunari Yamada, the 52-year-old leader of the National Socialist Japanese Workers party, on the neo-Nazi partyâ€™s website.
A smiling Takaichi and Yamada appear together standing in front of a Japanese flag.
Yamada has voiced praise for Adolf Hitler and the September 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre. In a YouTube video Yamadaâ€™s supporters areÂ seen wearing swastika armbands, while he denies the Holocaust took place and criticises postwar Germanyâ€™s ban on the Nazi salute, accusing the country of being â€œno different from North Koreaâ€.
Takaichi met Yamada â€œfor talksâ€ at her office in the summer of 2011, according to her office. Confirming the photographs were genuine, a spokesman for Takaichi claimed her office had been unaware of Yamadaâ€™s extremist views at the time.
â€œ[He] was an assistant to an interviewer and was taking notes and photos,â€ a member of Takaichiâ€™s staff told AFP. â€œWe had no idea who he was back then but he requested a snap shot with her. [She] wouldnâ€™t have refused such requests.â€
Media coverage prompted her office to request that the photographs be removed but by then they had already been widely circulated on social media.
â€œIt was careless of us,â€ the staff member said, adding that Takaichi did not share Yamadaâ€™s views â€œat all â€¦ it is a nuisanceâ€.
A second photograph shows Yamada standing alongside Tomomi Inada, another close Abe ally who was given the powerful job of LDP policy chief. Inadaâ€™s office was quick to distance the MP from Yamada, whose website celebrates the â€œsamurai spiritâ€ and proclaims that the â€œsun shall rise againâ€, saying it would be disappointed if the photograph led people to â€œmisunderstand what she doesâ€.
While there is no evidence that either politician shares Yamadaâ€™s neo-Nazi ideology their appointment has fuelled accusations that Abe is taking his administration even further to the right.
Takaichi and Inada have both visited Yasukuni shrine, which honours Japanâ€™s war dead, including 14 class-A war criminals; last week, Takaichi said she would visit Yasukuni again, this time in her role as minister. â€œIâ€™ve been visiting Yasukuni as one Japanese individual, to offer my sincere appreciation to the spirits of war dead,â€ she told reporters. â€œI intend to continue offering my sincere appreciation as an individual Japanese.â€
China and South Korea view politiciansâ€™ pilgrimages to the shrine as evidence that Japan has yet to atone for atrocities committed on the Asian mainland before and during the second world war.
…….The world wants Hitler back
Much of the Asian and muslim world admires Hitler as a great leader and opponent of the jews and of both Britain and America, whose hegemony in past or present they strongly resent, viewing both nations and puppets of the jews.
A Hitler returning by reincarnating as Â a new person would find himself before a radically different situation:
Europe, Canada, Australia and America are no longer 90 or 100% white, but instead, in the case of the US, 50% wog (yes, 50%) and the whites are incredibly degenerate and the men effeminate due to a 23% drop in testosterone.
George Lincoln Rockwell,whose party I joined in 1978, was all-man, and like 80% of us between 1940 and 1975, he served honorably in the military. (His final rank was commander in the US Navy.) No WN leader in my day had a faggoty voice and snitty mannerisms like Richard Spencer.
In every white country, every instrument of power is controlled by puppets of the jews or by the jews openly and directly: the media, the economy, the police, the military, education, health care, and, most ominously, the food and water supply.
There is zero chance of coming to power by the ballot box. Â Only a militant elite can change history now.
A Hitler returned must change values and philosophy.
As Julius Evola said:
Spirituality and culture must not come from politics, which is corrupt because people are corrupt, and especially politicians, but politics must come from spirituality and culture.