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“Nationalistic Abe”

May 19th, 2007 . by Matt

Ampontan has a great post about how the foreign media lazily stereotypes Japanese politicians as “right wing”, or “nationalistic”. Go and read it!


6 Responses to ““Nationalistic Abe””

  1. comment number 1 by: pacifist

    Although I don’t like Abe but I wonder how foreign media decided that he is right wing or hawkish… These epithets may give the world some kind of prejudices.
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    BTW, did someone notice if he had a small mustache, he resembles someone …?
    (It’s only a joke, I don’t mean he is like Nazi.)

  2. comment number 2 by: ponta

    “The right” and “the left” are ambiguous terms, so anyone can be right or left in some sense.
    But I wonder why the media do not put the leftist” before, say, Roh.
    And if a journalist were to use the words like “hawks” and “nationalist” for Abe by the idea and plan he has, I think s/he has to use the words like !super hawks ” and “ultra nationalist” for the most of the world leaders.

  3. comment number 3 by: Ken

    Such a labeling as “And then there’e Garlic-Face and Ken who make completely irrelevant and off-topic nationalistic attempts at insight.” is loved by Koreans of Confucianism.
    Which is right wing, Khomeini and Khatami?
    How about Dong Shaoping and demonstrators in TianAnMen?
    How about Gorbachev, Yanayev and Yeltsin?
    How about socialist KimJongIl who keeps ancient regime?
    Besides, has there been any politician who has not loved his/her country?
    If you could answer these, those would be no use.
    If I dare to label, what his/her policy is like Liberalist of limited government, Keynesian of demand creation, Social-Democratist of high welfare, etc may be useful to choose at election.

  4. comment number 4 by: kjeff

    Ken,

    Such a labeling as “And then there’e Garlic-Face and Ken who make completely irrelevant and off-topic nationalistic attempts at insight.” is loved by Koreans of Confucianism.

    Let me try one…funny Ken…

  5. comment number 5 by: General Tiger

    Abe would be right-wing (compared to the other Japanese parties), but it’s a ted hard to say that he’s a “Nationalist.”

    He’s more of a patriot, using the support of the actual nationalists to enpower his ideas.

  6. comment number 6 by: ponta

    In my impression, Japanese nationalists are much more
    moderate than Korean politicians in general.