A movie about extreme right wing Japanese youth
This is something I have heard about for a while. The Japanese (extreme) right wing, called Uyoku (右翼 우익) or Kyoku-U (極右 극우) has a large presence of Zainichi Koreans (Koreans living in Japan). Like the large numbers of Koreans in the ‘Japanese’ Yakuza, the presence of Koreans in the extreme right wing is an open secret and is described in the movie, Kyoki No Sakura (see the trailer here). Koreans seem to be in a state of constant grievance about the existence of these groups, so I was most interested when I found this post by a self described “Japanese rightist” (via Zero).
This story is going to be very deep into Japanese underground but significant to unravel Japanese post war culture. Let me get started with my memory almost 10 years ago about Uyoku. When I was a high school student, I often saw cars painted in black like the pic below with a noizy old martial song.
Being so noizy and scary, that the cars are far from appealing, making me very disgusted. I happened to found their flyers posted on electric palls after they are away, and look how ugly the posters are! And I got to think that those people, who want old Imperial Japan back, would put Japan’s future in huge jeopardy.
Then let me tell you the identity of those people. Many of them are not Japanese, but Korean (zainichi). When I heard about this, I could hardly believe it. Why would they have to disguise themselves as Japanese rightists (Uyoku)?
It was not until recent that investigations on those groups have revealed the truth behind it. I’m going to follow the unnatural points the researchers found if we consider them as Japanese:
*Recently, the abductions by North Korea is one of the biggest political interests. When the families of the victims are making speech in the station plaza, the cars appear out of nowhere, and strange people gather to collect donation. Of course, the families of the victims never invited them.
*Look at the pic of the black car above. You could see the flags of Korea and Japan below the chrysanthemum, which is the symbol of Imperial family. Why would they have to paint Korean flag next to Japan’s? If you can read Japanese, you’d notice the letters saying “Korean-Japanese friendship”. I feel again very unnatural about this because “Japan-Korean friendship” is the right order without exception unless those letters are written by Korean sided people.
*The number of Uyoku groups designated by police is 25. Five groups out of the 25 have obvious Korean leaders as below:
group・・・・・・・・・・・・family Name given name
You don’t know how to read Kanji? No problem. Usually the family names — coming first followed by the given name — consist of two or three characters. Korean’s family names, on the other hand, require only one character to express. If I pronounce those family names, “Soh”, “Lee”, “Shin”, “Lee”, and “Kim”. Those are obviously Korean names without exception. By the way, do you know what typical Japanese names are like? I bet you already know it: “Honda”, “Toyota”, “Suzuki” and so on. It’s always sticking to a rule: consonant-vowel-consonant-vowel-… It’s something to remember if you are majoring in something related to Japanese. Let me get back to the point. The point is that those Uyoku groups have quite high chance that they partly consist of Korean people. Since those Korean people can speak Japanese and born in Japan, I’ll call them “zainichi”, meaning “staying in Japan”.
Obviously not all the Uyoku groups are Zainichi, but Koreans are less than 1% of the population and with Korean leaders of at least 5 out of 25 extreme right wing groups, that makes about 20% of the leadership Korean, if the sources quoted by that blogger is correct. If Koreans are as represented in the rank and file of the Uyoku as much as they are in the Yakuza, that means that they are hugely over represented. One wonders about the motivations of Zainichi Koreans joining these groups.