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Sep 16, 2014

Photos of Ms. Sanae Takaichi and Ms. Tomomi Inada taken with neo-Nazi organization leader cause controversy

Photos of Ms. Sanae Takaichi and Ms. Tomomi Inada taken with neo
- Nazi organization leader cause controversy -

The female lawmakers in the photos, or rather, all female lawmakers that became cabinet ministers in the Cabinet reshuffle are said to be far more right-wing than Abe.  So, even if they make any excuses by saying that they didn’t know about what kind person he was, nobody would take it seriously.  I wonder how far this cabinet and people who support it are going to destroy Japan.  Without destruction, no new world will come.  So, they can try.
I hope you will stand quite away from them not to get caught up in such swirl.  It is critically important to never get disturbed.

Masatoshi Takeshita
September 10, 2014


English Translation of the Japanese version of HUFFINGTON POST – September 10, 2014 –

Photos of Ms. Sanae Takaichi and Ms. Tomomi Inada taken with neo-Nazi organization leader cause controversy


Photos of Kazunai Yamada, the leader of the National Socialist Japanese Workers Party
 taken with Ms. Sanae Takaichi (left) and Ms. Tomomi Inada (right)

The three LDP Diet members including Ms. Sanae Takaichi, who has assumed the post of Internal Affairs Minister in the Cabinet reshuffle onSeptember 3, were pictured along with the leader of a neo-Nazi organization, which has stirred up a controversy, 47NEWS reported.

The three lawmakers including Lower House member Sanae Takaichi, who took office as the Internal Affairs Minister in the second Abe reshuffled Cabinet, and LDP policy chief Tomomi Inada met with a man who is the leader of a far-right political organization at the Diet Members’ Building and they were pictured along.  Their photos were temporarily posted on the group’s website.  It has been found on 10. The lawmakers’ side gave an explanation by saying “They didn’t know about his profile.” 
(47NEWS “Pictures of Ms. Sanae Takaichiet al with far-right organization leader – Major overseas Media Also Report” September 9, 2014 21:41)

This organization is the “NationalSocialist Japanese Workers Party” (NSJAP).  According to its official website, the organization was established in 1982.  Like the Nazi party, the organization denies the Holocaust took place and demands to ostracize foreign workers.

The photos in question were taken in June to July 2011 when Kazunari Yamada, NSJAP leader, visited the Diet Members’ Building.  On the NSJAP official website, the photos of the three lawmakers of Ms. Takaichi, LDP policy chief Tomomi Inada and LDP deputy secretary general Shoji Shishida pictured with him were posted.  At present, the content of the corresponding page has been changed.

This has caused international controversy.  British newspaper “Guardian” reported on September 9 in its article with a headline of “Neo-Nazi photos pose headachefor Shinzo Abe” that “While there is no evidence that either politician shares Yamda’s neo-Nazi ideology their appointment has fuelled accusations that Abe is taking his administration even further to the right.”

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English translation of a Japanese article: goo News – September 10, 2014 –

Ms.Takaichi and Ms. Inada Criticized by European Media

It has been found on 10 that the three LDP Diet members including Internal Affairs Minister Sanae Takaichi and LDP policy chief Tomoki Inada were pictured along with a male leader of Japan’s far-right organization at the Diet Members’ Building and the photos were posted on the organization’s website.  On the website, the party accepts Nazi ‘swastika’ and demands to stop foreigners from entering to the country.  European major media have critically reported it one after another.   As the result of protest from the lawmakers, the photos have already been removed.

The organization “National Socialist Japanese Workers Party”

According to the office of Lower House member Takaichi, the photo in question was taken more than three years ago.  It says: “When she was interviewed for a magazine, a man named “Yamada” happened to be there and ‘requested a snapshot with her.’  Trusting the magazine publisher, she accepted his request.  We had no idea who he was.”

The office of Lower House member Inada responded in writing: “We met (a man named Yamada) as an assistant for an interview just once and accepted a request to be pictured with her” and “We didn’t know who he was, what ideology he had, or his name, either. Since then we have had no connection with him.”

British newspaper (electrical version) points out that judging from his remarks on the Internet, he “admires” Hitler.  “While there is no evidence that either politician (Ms. Takaichi  included) shares his ideology, Prime Minister Abe will be criticized for its tendency to get even further to the right,” the newspaper expects.

In a telephone interview with the Mainichi, Associate Dean Abraham Cooper of Simon Wiesenthal Center, an international Jewish human rights organization (with headquarters in Los Angeles), expressed a strong complaint by saying “Seeing (the photos), I cannot help shaking my head.  Isn’t there any responsible person that can cope with it to prevent this sort thing from happening again?”
[Reporter: Yusuke Nojima]


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