Professional troll and Nanjing Massacre-denier Shintaro Ishihara, whose attempts to buy the Diaoyu Islands pushed China and Japan to the brink of war, has stood down as governor of Tokyo in order to form a new political party ahead of the general election.
Ishihara told a news conference Thursday he plans to run for parliament in the elections, which must be called by August. He was a parliamentarian for the Liberal Democratic Party before serving nearly 14 years as governor of Japan’s largest city.
Ishihara was elected for four terms as governor of Tokyo, overcoming several controversies in the process. He called Japan’s Fukushima disaster “divine punishment” for greed. He also lashed out at foreigners and foreign icons, once going on a rant against Mickey Mouse for not having Japanese sensibilities.
Ishihara is known for his far-right views and reportedly intends to run partly on a platform criticizing the Japanese constitution, drafted following the defeat of Imperial Japan in WWII, which he says is written in “ugly Japanese” and imposed on the island nation by the United States.
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