"The new world maps"
12 Nov. 2005
ARAI Shin-ichi (Japan)
Before his performance he gave audience text
Almost 6 years ago Japanese diet decided what are Japanese flag and Japanese anthem in the law. Before there was no law for Japanese flag and the national anthem. Now in all schools like graduation ceremony, People should show Japanese flag and sing the national anthem. And sometimes teachers and students who do not like to respect the flag and sing the national anthem in the ceremony are punished by the director and the Mayer because of the law now.
Before there was some agreement among people with
Japanese flag was symbol of militarism and the anthem celebrate the Emperor in spite of they agree or not.
Last year 5 Japanese people were kidnapped in Iraq by whom demand that Japanese army immediately withdraw from Iraq.
Those 5 people, 3 of them are freelance journalists and other two are NGO. Most of them are against Japanese government's policy, course of as journalists they report the situation from Iraq and as NGO they are helping Iraq people very much.
After that the kidnappers understand those people very well and released them without any help from Japanese Gov't.
On the other hand Japanese Gov't claim that they spent a lot of money and term to those people. Also They ask those people to pay them back.
Many Newspapers and Magazines endorse the Gov't policies
But the agent of kidnappers said that they did not have any contact from Japanese Gov't.
The title of comicbook which I have is "What is a patriotic war?"
The comicbook's author says that Japan must have more military power. We Japanese must have a patriot spirit. There was no Nanking genocide by the Japanese Emperor army. There were no Korean or east asian women sex slaves in the Japanese Emperor army. They were only commercial prostitutes.
More than half a million people bought this book and almost all of them are under 30.
He sung National anthem of Japan "Kimi-ga-Yo"
He made Japanese flag by his hip with spining
He shouted "Happy Japan!" with pushing a page of that comic book