The Biggest Extremist Ever

Hi. We are going to discuss Emperor Akihito from this week, but it’s
sometimes hard to figure out how elderly Japanese feel about the royal family in Japan. Perhaps this will help.

   Kenzo Okuzaki was a Japanese army veteran  who served  in New Guinea in WWⅡ, struggling through hunger and malaria. Of 1000 troops in his unit, only 30 survived.

Okuzaki made a documentary film named “The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches on.” It follows his attempt to reveal the truth behind the deaths of two of his war comrades, alleged to have been executed on his boss’s orders.

In the film, he visits his former boss’ house with the bereaved families of the executed friends. It’s one of the most impressive scenes.

Okuzaki’s words show tremendous hatred against former Emperor Hirohito, as he says, “Hirohito  was a shameless and irresponsible person!” or “How dare you say dead souls can be consoled only by going to Yasukuni shrine!!”
What Okuzaki really thinks about Emperors can be seen by his unprecedented antics before. Okuzaki once shot Emperor Hirohito with pachinko balls at a public event in 1969. In addition to that, he threw 4000 pieces of montage pornography from the top of department stores in Shinjuku, Shibuya and Giza. He was of course arrested.

Okuzaki died on June 16, 2005 in Kobe. I think he was one of the biggest Japanese extremists ever and a great example of an anarchist who hated the royal family. If you have time, check this out. I hope it will help you understand how some elderly feel about the Japanese royal family.

The trailer of “The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches on” (Japanese title: “Yukiyukite shingun” )

You can find a full version at Nikoniko Videos Online. Search for “ゆきゆき
て 神軍”

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5 Responses to The Biggest Extremist Ever

  1. DW says:

    I think in many ways Japan is still trying to come to terms with what happened in WW2.

  2. DW says:

    One example would be the visits of Junichiro Koizumi and other Japanese politicians to Yasukuni shrine, even though the shrine honors convicted war criminals.

    This has greatly angered China and South Korea and has proved divisive among the most powerful Asian nations.

    Another would be the consistent refusal of Japanese courts to pay compensation to Korean ‘comfort women’ who were abused by the Japanese military as sex slaves in the war.

    Right wing groups in Japan have denied or tried to change the reality of what happened in the war (e.g. by changing the content of school textbooks).

    Having said that, I have also seen protests here in Kyoto by Japanese citizens demanding that ‘comfort women’ be compensated.

  3. masatochan says:

    Thanks for the materials.
    History has one fact, but reads in several ways. That’s why controversy happens. I just hope truth won’t be changed.

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