Friday, September 14, 2012

Japan's Dokdo-Envy Spawns Political Party

Japan's bizarre acquisitive designs on Korea's easternmost islets of Dokdo have helped spawn an entire political party led by a rising star of the Far Right. The Japan Restoration Party, led by Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto, on Thursday unveiled a logo consisting of a map of Japan that includes Dokdo.

The JRP capitalizes on resurgent nostalgia for Japan's brutal colonial past amid a faltering economy and is expected to become the third-largest party after the general election.

The JPR "represents the entire country, so Takeshima (Dokdo) and Senkaku (Diaoyu in Chinese) are included in the logo," Hashimoto was quoted as saying by the Asahi Shimbun. But both islands are hard to make out in it, and the Senkaku Islands are in any case under Japanese jurisdiction already.


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