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Kia ora in Stick News today the governor of Tokyo is being sued for his rude remarks about the French language.
Ishihara Shintaro was born in Kobe in 1932.
Ishihara has had many jobs including novelist, playwright, director, and reporter.
In 1956 he won a prestigious literary prize for his novel Seasons in the Sun.
From 1968 to 1995 he was a national politician with the LDP.
In 1999, he was elected governor of Tokyo and is now serving his second term.
He’s a very popular governor – in 2003 he got 70% of the vote.
He’s also famous for his racism, sexism and nationalism. He often says nasty things such as:
Old women who live after they have lost their reproductive function are useless and are committing a sin.”
In 2005 thirty-five French speaking people filed a lawsuit against Ishihara following this comment made in October 2004: “French is disqualified as an international language because it is a language that cannot count numbers.”
The plaintiffs asked for 500,000 yen each plus an apology.
Then in 2006 – before the case was resolved – Ishihara suddenly changed his mind and said his comments were made as the governor of Tokyo rather than as an individual.
Now 74 people – including French-speaking professors and translators and 16 people from the first lawsuit – have filed a new suit.
They say Ishihara’s comment was appalling and they want 50,000 yen each as well as a public apology from the metropolitan government.
Next month Ishihara is hoping to be elected for his third term as Tokyo governor. And that was Stick News for Wednesday the 21st of March. Kia Ora.
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#198 What do you think about Ishihara?
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Sam What do you think about Ishihara?
Sarah He has said so many nasty things that I think it’s pretty scary that he’s so popular.
Sam Are there politicians like that in New Zealand?
Sarah Yeah, there’s a guy called Winston Peters.
Sam Who’s he?
Sarah He’s a politician. And he often says things against immigration. I think he tries to appeal to people’s dislike of foreigners – especially against immigrants from Asia or the middle east.
Sam Sounds like Ishihara. Is he very popular?
Sarah I think he’s less popular than he used to be. He lost his seat in the last election, but he got in as a list MP.