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Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara: "Shoot the Niggers"

Seismic activity is up in Japan this year. So what does Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara do? In an April 9 address to the Japanese army, he tells troops that "Atrocious crimes have been committed again and again by sangokujin and other foreigners. We can expect them to riot in the event of a disastrous earthquake."

The last time Tokyo had a disastrous earthquake, in 1923, ultranationalist-led mobs took the opportunity to track down and kill thousands of the stricken city’s Korean residents.

Ishihara’s use of the 50-year old derogatory term "sangokujin" (an English-language equivalent would be "nigger") is especially disgusting.

Ok, we know this is a contemporary art site, but we live here and believe we have a social responsibility as well. In Japan old thinking dies hard and things often don’t change until there is pressure from the outside world. So we are asking concerned people everywhere to contact your local governments and Japanese embassies and to e-mail the Tokyo Metropolitan Government: kokusai@seikatubunka.metro.tokyo.jp and let your opinions on this be known. Ishihara's office telephone number is (03) 5321-1111 ext. 20071, and his fax number is (03) 5388-1200. For an inventory of Ishihara's racism, go to this piece in the Japan Traveler

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