Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Violence at the Gaimusho

A twenty-two-year-old suspect, reportedly the member of a right-wing organization, has been arrested after hurling a Molotov cocktail at the front entrance to the Foreign Ministry. No one was harmed but the suspect, who stabbed himself with a kitchen knife after hurling the explosive.

He was reportedly demonstrating against the Foreign Ministry's failure to complain to Beijing after a violent incident between a Chinese national and a Japanese citizen at Yasukuni Shrine last month.

The only reason I'm mentioning this incident is that I find the suspect's age interesting. It seems that the perpetrators of past incidents tend to be older men in at least their 50s; contrary to what I would expect, the right-wing organizations do not seem to have much appeal to the "lost generation," despite their obvious grievances with the system.

This may be an isolated incident — I certainly think it would be a mistake to read too much into this and other instances of right-wing violence. I leave it to others to tell whether this incident has greater significance as far as the demographics of the extreme right are concerned.

1 comment:

Bryce said...

The Westboro Baptist Church picket funerals. I'm not sure they are representative of mainstream U.S. sentiment.

To gauge the state of Japanese youth, I think its a better idea to observe the vast majority of Japanese young people who are generally on their best behaviour, the majority of which prefer to preserve Article 9.